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ALTERNATIVE OIL-SEED CROP - CAMELINA SATIVA

Objective

Diversification in agriculture and agro-industry and the general demand to reduce environmental impact of agriculture induces an acute need of progressive strategy. To support the desirable progress, a new alternative oil-seed crop - Camelina Sativa was chosen to be introduced in practice.

Camelina Sativa (false flax) is characterized by a wide spectrum of adaptability to different climatic conditions. It can be grown in crop rotation with the ordinary annual and biannual crops. Camelina Sativa is particularly suitable for a cropping system without chemical protection of plants. The crop has a low environmental impact.

Main product from Camelina Sativa are the seeds with a content of about 43 % oil in DM. The oil is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (about 50 %) and Omega 3 fatty acid (Alpha linolenic acid). Owing to its high nutritional value, the oil is suitable for direct consumption and for production of health promoting food. It can be exploited also in non-food products (bio-fuel). Seed processing by-product (oil-cakes) has a content of about 30 % protein with a specific composition of amino-acids. A high content of essential amino-acids indicates an excellent fodder value. The content of glucosinolates is low. Stalks from the crop are applicable for production of paper pulp.

The proposed project consists of multilocal field research and adjacent agro-industrial research. The environmentally beneficial cultivation method would be further improved. New high yielding and resistant varieties for different climatic conditions will be identified. The agro-industrial research is designed to popularize the crop and the new industrial products deriving mainly from the oil. Simultaneously with the field research, extension work with the crop is envisaged to be carried out during the final phase of the project.

Call for proposal

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Coordinator

ROYAL VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Address
Rolighedsvej, 23
1958 Frederiksberg C
Denmark
 

Participants (5)

Centre Technique Interprofessionnel des Oléagineux Métropolitains (CETIOM)
France
Address
80 Avenue Victor Hugo
75116 Paris
 
DANISH INST. OF PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCES
Denmark
Address
Ledreborg Alle
4000 Roskilde
 
NORTH SATACUNTA FOUNDATION
Finland
Address
Torikatu
38700 Kankaanpaa
 
Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
United Kingdom
Address
King Street
AB9 1UD Aberdeen
 
TEAGASC
Ireland
Address
19 Sandynount Avenue
4 Dublin