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An integrated approach to diversify the genetic base, improve stress resistance, agronomic management and nutritional/processing quality of minor cereal crops for human nutrition in Europe

Objective

Consumers have increasing demands for healthy, nutritious, and innovative food produced sustainably. Minor cereals can address these points, as well as contributing to feed and non-food markets. However, they have been hardly developed as commercial varieties, with no major investment to exploit genetic diversity in breeding programmes, and have low yields. There has been little research to optimise agronomy, food processing and marketing.
HealthyMinorCereals will apply state of the art methods for genetic characterisation and phenotyping of >800 genotypes of 5 minor cereal species (spelt, rye, oat, einkorn and emmer). The project will select traits related to yield, nutritional quality and disease resistance, especially targeting important and emerging crop diseases, to identify well characterised genotypes for development of minor cereal varieties and cross breeding. Field experiments in 4 contrasting climatic zones in Europe will optimise agronomy within the organic and low-input sector, addressing gene x environment interactions, fertilization and potential benefits of agronomic management suited to improve yields in each country, and culminating with innovative on-farm trials.
The project will investigate variation in nutritional quality of selected genotypes and analyse biological effects of seed extracts in human cell lines. Parameters of grain important for food manufacture will be investigated with optimisation of milling and other processes to maximise nutritional quality. Food industry partners will use selected minor cereal grains to develop new food products that will be demonstrated with production trials, standardisation and sensory analysis. A study on market potential will investigate factors involved in the development of minor cereals in various European markets and develop a framework for enhancing this potential. The project consortium has a major involvement of SME partners involved in breeding, farming, and food production with minor cereals.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology/climatic zones
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/agronomy
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/nutrition

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

VYZKUMNY USTAV ROSTLINNE VYROBY VVI
Address
Drnovska 507
16106 Praha 6
Czechia
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 766 556
Administrative Contact
Dagmar Janovska (Dr.)

Participants (15)

PRO-BIO OBCHODNI SPOLECNOST SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 204 880
Address
Lipova 40
78832 Stare Mesto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Hutar (Mr.)
SELGEN AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 72 160
Address
Jankovcova 18
17037 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vlastimil Chour (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 660 999
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicola Dolman (Mrs.)
GILCHESTERS ORGANICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 192 120
Address
Nicholas Street 11
BB11 2AL Burnley
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Wilkinson (Mr.)
SABANCI UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 505 380
Address
Orhanli Tuzla
34956 Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aslihan Eran (Mrs.)
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 390 650
Address
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Beat Droll (Dr.)
GETREIDEZUCHTUNG PETER KUNZ, VEREINFUR KULTURPFLANZENENTWICKLUNG*GZPK
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 222 656
Address
Hof Breitlen 5
8634 Hombrechtikon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Kunz (Mr.)
VOLAKAKIS NIKOLAOS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 150 539
Address
Sivas Festos
70200 Sivas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nikolaos Volakakis (Dr.)
EESTI TAIMEKASVATUSE INSTITUUT
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 125 730
Address
J Aamisepa 1
48309 Jogeva Alevik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ilmar Tamm (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 212 017
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Heinrich Grausgruber (Prof.)
INSTITUT FUR LEBENSMITTEL- UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 490 200
Address
Arthur Scheunert Allee 40/41
14558 Nuthetal Ot Bergholz Rehbrucke
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Janos Petrusan (Mr.)
STOLZENBERGER REINER ERICH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 294 160
Address
Poststrasse 1
74357 Bonnigheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Reiner Stolzenberger (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET KASSEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 402 389
Address
Monchebergstrasse 19
34125 Kassel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sigrid Reinhard
GRUPA BGK SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 218 040
Address
Ulica Hoza 51
00 681 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tomasz Lasocki (Mr.)
OKOLOGIAI MEZOGAZDASAGI KUTATOINTEZET KOZHASZNU NONPROFIT KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 19 860
Address
Melczer Utca 47
1174 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dóra Drexler (Dr.)