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Optimising Subsidiary Crop Applications in Rotations

Objective

There is a need to improve sustainability in farming systems particularly through soil care and improvement, but not at the expense of productivity. One approach is to focus on a comprehensive advance in conservation tillage. This will be developed from improved ways of integrating subsidiary crops (SC) as living or dead mulches or cover crops with the main crops in rotations so as to simultaneously improve crop nutrition, health, and productivity. The SC will deliver multiple ecological services by increasing the duration of soil cover in the rotation overall while increasing species diversity, minimising the use of tillage and agrochemicals, enhancing biological N fixation and soil C content, and both reducing water demand in dry climates and improving soil workability in wetter climates.
The research will draw on a wide range of previous and ongoing EU and related projects and will be based on 11 coordinated field experiments in different climatic regions together with three long-term experiments in Europe and Brazil. These experiments will all be assessed for economic and ecological impact including the often neglected issue of legume root health. Breeding companies and manufacturers of agricultural equipment from all regions of interest will be involved in finding adapted solutions for the different environments by extending the range of potentially useful plant species and by developing appropriate machinery to promote adoption in practical agriculture. The potential for useful chemical extraction from the existing and novel SCs will also be investigated.
A central deliverable will be a database supported 'Cover Crop and Living Mulch Toolbox' and Decision Support Tool which will encourage multilingual stakeholder exchange and dissemination during and beyond the lifetime of the project so as to capture farmer experience. The results of the project as a whole will be of use for and improve sustainability in low-input, organic, and conventional farming systems.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/nutrition
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2011-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET KASSEL
Address
Monchebergstrasse 19
34125 Kassel
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 462 780
Administrative Contact
Sigrid Reinhard (Ms.)

Participants (19)

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 225 907
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brigitte Dorn (Dr.)
NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI
Norway
EU contribution
€ 169 380
Address
Hoegskoleveien 7
1430 Aas
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hanne Soerlie (Ms.)
INSTITUTO AGRONOMICO DO PARANA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 160 560
Address
Rodovia Celso Garcia Cid Km 375
86047 590 Londrina
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ademir Calegari (Dr.)
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH IN THE DRY AREAS
Lebanon
EU contribution
€ 140 655
Address
Bechir Al Kassar Dalia Building 2Nd Floor Area Verdun
- Beirut
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sripada M Udupa (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 45 540
Address
Avenue De La Victoire
10000 Rabat
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Imane Thami-Alami (Dr.)
INSTYTUT UPRAWY NAWOZENIA I GLEBOZNAWSTWA, PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 80 928
Address
Czartoryskich 8
24 100 Pulawy
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Wieslaw Oleszek (Prof.)
PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 185 379
Address
Trent Lodge
GL7 6JN Cirencester
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bruce Pearce (Dr.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 209 529
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Ragnarsdotter Jajke (Dr.)
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 59 565
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enrico Bonari (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 382 005
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katrin Hörmann (Ms.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 58 728
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 65 385
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Mazzoncini (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 220 776
Address
Via S Maria In Gradi 4
01100 Viterbo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Agnese Apuzza (Dr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 70 257
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rudie Jullens (Mr.)
ARCOIRIS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 42 060
Address
Via Pietro Bembo 42
41100 Modena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alberto Olivucci (Mr.)
FERRARI COSTRUZIONI MECCANICHE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 65 400
Address
Strada Squadri 6
46040 Guidizzolo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Rossi (Dr.)
MARANGON SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 34 860
Address
Via Valsugana 11/B
35010 San Giorgio In Bosco
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giulio Marangon (Dr.)
P.H. PETERSEN SAATZUCHT LUNDSGAARDGMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 43 200
Address
Streichmuhler Strasse 8 A
24977 Grundhof
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michaela Schlathoelter (Mrs.)
FRIEDRICH WENZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 275 760
Address
Lehenstrasse 7
77963 Schwanau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Friedrich Wenz (Mr.)