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Optimization of Perennial Grasses for Biomass Production

Optimization of Perennial Grasses for Biomass Production

Objective

OPTIMA will integrate an ambitious biology system approach for perennial grasses such as switchgrass, miscanthus and giant reed in the Mediterranean environment. Moreover the perennial species cardoon, which has been proven to be particularly adapted to the Mediterranean climate, will be used as a control species.
The main objective of the OPTIMA project is to identify high-yielding perennial grasses for the Mediterranean area, within optimized production chain that will provide stable source for both biomass and new plant derived bio-products. OPTIMA will explore the potentialities of perennial grasses on underutilized or abandoned marginal lands.
An interdisciplinary approach involving physiology, biotechnology, and agronomy, socio-economical and environmental analysis at different scale levels will be undertaken with the aim at tackling specific bottlenecks of perennial grasses in the Mediterranean area and to create alternative end-use chains. OPTIMA approach has been to link the research proposed here by including industrial end-users in the project. This should allow the output of this research to develop in a commercial context as rapidly as possible the new findings.
The major goals of this multidisciplinary network are to evaluate the existing genotypes; to characterize and deliver novel species; to deliver sustainable crop management practices (sowing/planting strategies to reduce the use of pesticide and increase biomass on the first year establishment, cultivation under salinity conditions and/or water deficit, reducing losses during harvest); to evaluate the industrial production of bioenergy and added value bio-products; to assess the environmental impact through an integrated assessment of sustainability criteria, to disseminate the achieved findings at different level (local, regional, national, international).
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA

Address

Piazza Universita 2
95131 Catania

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 297 450

Administrative Contact

Salvatore Cosentino (Prof.)

Participants (20)

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ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 251 000

CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 277 575

FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIADA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 110 000

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 149 969

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 109 999

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 100 039

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 166 293

UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 140 000

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 129 600

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 129 960

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DELHI

India

EU Contribution

€ 59 400

Huazhong Agricultural University

China

EU Contribution

€ 124 799

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

IFEU - INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 150 030

INSTITUTO DE AGROBIOTECNOLOGIA ROSARIO S.A.

Argentina

EU Contribution

€ 140 325

B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 120 480

SPAPPERI S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

PRIMUS TALALMANYHASZNOSITO, TERMELO, KERESKEDELMI ES SZOLGALTATO KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 90 600

TUZETKA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 180 800

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 289642

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2011

  • End date

    30 September 2015

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 913 249,84

  • EU contribution

    € 2 998 319

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA

Italy

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