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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

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.

Coordinator

VYZKUMNY USTAV ROSTLINNE VYROBY VVI

Address

Drnovska 507
16106 Praha 6

Czechia

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 766 556

Administrative Contact

Dagmar Janovska (Dr.)

Participants (15)

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PRO-BIO OBCHODNI SPOLECNOST SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 204 880

SELGEN AS

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 72 160

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 660 999

GILCHESTERS ORGANICS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 192 120

SABANCI UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 505 380

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 390 650

GETREIDEZUCHTUNG PETER KUNZ, VEREINFUR KULTURPFLANZENENTWICKLUNG*GZPK

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 222 656

VOLAKAKIS NIKOLAOS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 150 539

EESTI TAIMEKASVATUSE INSTITUUT

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 125 730

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 212 017

INSTITUT FUR LEBENSMITTEL- UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 490 200

STOLZENBERGER REINER ERICH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 294 160

UNIVERSITAET KASSEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 402 389

GRUPA BGK SP ZOO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 218 040

OKOLOGIAI MEZOGAZDASAGI KUTATOINTEZET KOZHASZNU NONPROFIT KFT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 19 860

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613609

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2013

  • End date

    31 August 2018

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 465 803,20

  • EU contribution

    € 4 928 336

Coordinated by:

VYZKUMNY USTAV ROSTLINNE VYROBY VVI

Czechia

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