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Intercroping of cereals and grain legumes for increased production, weed control, improved product quality and prevention of N-losses in European organic farming systems

Objective

Organic farming is increasing in Europe. However, the production of cereals and protein crops (pea, bean etc.) needs to be increased in organic farming to fulfil the requirement for organic feed and food in Europe from 2005. Intercropping, which is the simultaneous growing of two or more crop species on the same land, can contribute to this overall goal. The objective of this multidisciplinary project is to determine the potential for intercropping in European organic farming. In field pot and on-farm experiments in four European countries we will determine: the intercrop yield advantage and stability, new intercropping designs, the multiple nutrient use, monitor effects on weeds and diseases, and determine the effects of intercropping on the quality of products for food and feed. A simulation model will be developed to model grain legume-cereal intercrops. The project is expected to contribute to an increased use of intercropping and the associated beneficial effects, such as environmentally friendly production, ecological management of pest and weeds and healthy products.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

RISOE NATIONAL LABORATORY
Address
Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde
Denmark

Participants (6)

DANISH INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Denmark
Address
Research Centre Foulum
Tjele
GROUPE ECOLE SUPERIEURE D'AGRICULTURE D'ANGERS
France
Address
Rue Rabelais, 55
49007 Angers
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Address
147 Rue De L'université
75341 Paris
UNIVERSITY "MEDITERRANEA" OF REGGIO CALABRIA
Italy
Address
S. Francesco Da Sales Place, 4
89061 Armo
UNIVERSITY OF KASSEL
Germany
Address
Moenchebergstrasse 19
34109 Kassel
UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
Address
1,Earley Gate 1
RG6 6AT Reading / Silchester