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SPELT, A RECOVER CROP FOR THE FUTURE EUROPEAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

Objective



TITLE SPELT IN EUROPEAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE ACRONYM SESA SUMMARY A coordinated research project is proposed which is aimed at fulfilling Objective 4.3 of the European 4th Framework Programme. The proposed work comprises a comprehensive investigation of a minor, traditional European hulled cereal crop - spelt. The research will include novel and generic studies to establish the genome of spelt, its differentiation from other cereals, its adaptability to contrasting European agricultural environments and its genetic improvement. The chemical composition, physical attributes and organoleptic traits of spelt will be determined in comparison with wheat, to establish fully the potential role of spelt in Europe. The main aims of the proposed project are to characterise the adaptability of spelt in countries where it is not grown traditionally, to demonstrate the practicability of growing spelt in less-favoured and environmentally- sensitive areas of Europe, to promote agricultural diversification in Europe, to improve knowledge of specific spelt quality traits for human consumption, to provide guidelines for new product development, to assess the properties of spelt as a feed for animals, to develop identification criteria to differentiate spelt from other cereals on a molecular basis, to characterise historic collections of spelt genetic material and to produce new cultivars of spelt with improved efficiency of use of resources. The work will be undertaken by a network of organisations, based on the exisiting European Spelt Network (ESN), from nine European countries representing the entire range of pedo-climatic, topographical, economic, and cultural conditions in Europe. The results of the research will contribute to the scientific knowledge of the inheritance of quality traits in graminaceous plants, to the relationship between molecular structure of storage proteins and functional properties of cereal grains, to the impact of environmental factors on the growth of cereal crops and to the effect of agricultural diversification on the socioeconomic and ethical sustainability of European agriculture. New products, from a potentially environmentally-friendly crop will be developed to the benefit of agro-industry in Europe.

Coordinator

MINISTERE DE L'AGRICULTURE ET DES CLASSES MOYENNES
Address
Rue Du Bordia, 4
5030 Gembloux
Belgium

Participants (20)

BUNDESAMT UND FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FÜR LANDWIRTSCHAFT
Austria
Address
Spargelfeldstraße, 191
1226 Vienna
BUNDESANSTALT FÜR ALPENLÄNDISCHE LANDWIRTSCHAFT
Austria
Address
Altirdning, 11
8952 Irdning
CENTRE DE RECHERCHES AGRONOMIQUES
Belgium
Address
Rue Du Bordia, 4
5030 Gembloux
CENTRE DE RECHERCHES AGRONOMIQUES DE GEMBLOUX
Belgium
Address
Rue De Serpont, 100
6800 Libramont-chevigny
CHAMBRE D'AGRICULTURE DE LA HAUTE-LOIRE
France
Address
Bld. Bertrand, 16
43012 Le Puy En Velay
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Italy
Address
Via Selmi 2
40126 Bologna
DANISH INSTITUTE OF PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Denmark
Address
Ledreborg Alle, 100
4000 Roskilde
DELLEY SEEDS AND PLANTS LTD.
Switzerland
Address
Domaine De Delley - P.o. Box 16
1567 Delley
De Montfort University
United Kingdom
Address
Riseholme Hall
LN2 2LG Lincoln
Ente Regionale di Sviluppo Agricolo per il Molise Giacomo Sedati
Italy
Address
Gianbattista Vico 4
86100 Campobasso
INSTITUT TECHNIQUE DES CEREALES ET DES FOURRAGES
France
Address
Rue Montlosier, 7
63000 Clermont-ferrand
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY - ETH - ZÜRICH
Switzerland
Address
Eschikon, 33
8315 Lindau
SWISS FEDERAL RESEARCH STATION FOR AGROECOLOGY AND AGRICULTURE
Switzerland
Address
Reckenholzstrasse, 191
8046 Zürich
THE NORWEGIAN CROP RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Norway
Address

2858 Kapp
UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DEL MOLISE
Italy
Address
Via De Sanctis Snc
86100 Campobasso
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA
Italy
Address
Via Filippo Re 6-8
40126 Bologna
UNIVERSITÄT BERN
Switzerland
Address
Freiestrasse, 3
3012 Bern
UNIVERSITÄT HOHENHEIM
Germany
Address
Fruwirthstr., 21
70599 Stuttgart
UNIVERSITÄT HOHENHEIM
Germany
Address
Garbenstr., 25
70593 Stuttgart
UNIVERSITÄT HOHENHEIM
Germany
Address

70593 Stuttgart