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Intelligent Collections of Food Legumes Genetic Resources for European Agrofood Systems

Project description

Legumes to boost European agri-food systems

Legumes are crucial for sustainability, food security and human health, according to the new European Protein Strategy for the innovation in protein crop production in Europe. The EU-funded INCREASE project will enhance the management and use of legume genetic resources. To meet this challenge, it will expand their utilisation, targeting users’ needs in terms of the accessibility, quality and quantity of information available. The project will focus on four main legumes: chickpea, common bean, lentil and lupin. Overall, INCREASE will strengthen Europe in the field of legume genetic resources, and at the same time it will represent an important model and tool for all crop genetic resources.

Objective

INCREASE will enhance the management and use of Genetic Resources on food legumes, which are crucial for sustainability, food security and human health, as recognized by the new European Protein plan for the innovation of this sector in Europe. To meet this challenge INCREASE will expand the utilisation of food legumes Genetic Resources targeting users’ needs in terms of accessibility, quality and quantity of information available. INCREASE, working with four important food legumes (chickpea, common bean, lentil, lupin) with significant value for the innovation of EU agriculture and food industry, will be based on four pillars:
i) innovative data management solutions to develop gold standards for data sharing and integration into the central infrastructure, with decentralised data input, defined methodologies and best practices for exploitation of the novel information produced as well as the development of user friendly visualization tools;
ii) developing novel tools and principles for germplasm management, based on the development of “Intelligent Collections” as a set of nested core collections of different sizes representing the entire diversity of each crop;
iii) adoption of cutting-edge technologies for genotyping and phenotyping combined with the potential of Artificial Intelligence focusing on traits of interest for users;
iv) international effort with the involvement of non-European partners and international organization to expand the scope and ambition of INCREASE, by facilitating the integration of available data and available Genetic Resources for European users.
We will develop a citizen-science experiment, primarily aimed at dissemination of the project to stakeholders and citizens.
Overall, INCREASE will strengthen Europe in the field of legumes Genetic Resources and simultaneously it will represent an important model and tool for all crop Genetic Resources.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-SFS-2019-2

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Net EU contribution
€ 1 993 666,83
Address
PIAZZA ROMA 22
60121 Ancona
Italy

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Region
Centro (IT) Marche Ancona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 3 388 063,08

Participants (28)