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Designing InnoVative plant teams for Ecosystem Resilience and agricultural Sustainability

Objective

DIVERSify is a consortium of scientists, farmers, advisors, breeders and SMEs to co-construct a new approach and tools to investigate the mechanisms underpinning the benefits associated with cropping plant teams, and the crop traits and agronomic practices promoting these benefits. Focussing on arable and grassland systems, the six objectives are to: 1) identify current best practice for plant teams through participatory engagement with agricultural practitioners and scientific literature; 2) determine the mechanisms promoting positive plant-plant and plant-environment interactions using ecological principles to define experimentally the underpinning processes; 3) devise improved plant teams and identify potential breeding targets with a trait-based approach and novel tool to select crop types and deployment strategies that promote performance; 4) collaborate with stakeholders in European pedo-climatic regions and beyond to validate and demonstrate plant teams and devise practical crop management prescriptions; 5) construct a plant teams decision aid for practitioners by collating trait and agronomy data in a framework that can be interrogated for information on crop selection and management in different regions; and 6) work with stakeholders and RUR-6 for participatory knowledge exchange between different actors, EU policy and wider society through an appropriate and targeted array of communication media and activities. The co-innovation approach will allow tacit and scientific knowledge to be applied to real-world challenges in plant team cropping for developing practical solutions, in the form of teams with improved productivity, pest and disease control and environmental benefits. Knowledge exchange on crop traits, management and the decision aid will have impact on farmers, advisors, breeders, science and policy, improving awareness and overcoming barriers to uptake of plant teams for yield stability, diversification, sustainability and resilience.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2016-2
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Coordinator

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 758 204,75

Participants (24)

PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 185 442,50
Address
Trent Lodge
GL7 6JN Cirencester
Activity type
Research Organisations
LINKING ENVIRONMENT AND FARMING LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 133 062,50
Address
The National Agricultural Centre Stoneleigh Park
CV8 2LG Kenilworth Warwickshire
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH

Participation ended

Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 594 857,50
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 279 240
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 614 730
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 215 225
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 114 093,75
Address
Campus De Campolide
1099 085 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TASKSCAPE ASSOCIATES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 98 437,50
Address
Arkle House, 31 Lonsdale Street
CA1 1BJ Carlisle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SAATZUCHT GLEISDORF GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 117 393,75
Address
Am Tieberhof 33
8200 Gleisdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STC RESEARCH FOUNDATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 205 256,25
Address
Stockbridge House, Cawood
YO8 3TZ Selby
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGROKNOW IKE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 316 337,50
Address
Pentelis 110
15126 Marousi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASS GROUPE ECOLE SUPERIEURE AGRICULTURE
France
EU contribution
€ 46 223,75
Address
Rue Rabelais 55
49007 Angers Cedex 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LANDBRUG & FODEVARER F.M.B.A.
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 303 310
Address
Axeltorv 3
1609 Kobenhavn V
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 75 125
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OKOLOGISK LANDSFORENING
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 141 753,75
Address
Silkeborgvej 260
8230 Abyhoj
Activity type
Other
LANTMANNEN EKONOMISK FORENING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 16 875
Address
Not Applicable
10425 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KENYA FORESTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 25 625
Address
Muguga Off Nairobi-nakuru Highway
00200 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH IN THE DRY AREAS
Lebanon
EU contribution
€ 111 163,75
Address
Bechir Al Kassar Dalia Building 2Nd Floor Area Verdun
- Beirut
Activity type
Research Organisations
CANAAN CENTER FOR ORGANIC RESEARCH AND EXTENSION
Palestine
EU contribution
€ 21 250
Address
Jenin - Burqeen
Jenin
Activity type
Research Organisations
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 323 651,81
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Fertiprado sementes e nutrientes, Lda
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 74 781,25
Address
Herdade Dos Esquerdos S/n
7450-250 Vaiamonte
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 159 787,50
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ZOOLOGISCHES FORSCHUNGSMUSEUM ALEXANDER KOENIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 67 535,69
Address
Adenauerallee 160
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Other