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Soil Care for profitable and sustainable crop production in Europe

Soil Care for profitable and sustainable crop production in Europe

Objective

European crop production is to remain competitive while reducing environmental impacts, requiring development and uptake of effective soil improving
cropping systems. The overall aim of SOILCARE is to identify and evaluate promising soil-improving cropping systems and agronomic
techniques increasing profitability and sustainability across scales in Europe. A trans-disciplinary approach will be used to evaluate benefits and
drawbacks of a new generation of soil improving cropping systems, incorporating all relevant bio-physical, socio-economic and political aspects.
Existing information from literature and long term experiments will be analysed to develop a comprehensive methodology for assessing
performance of cropping systems at multiple levels. A multi-actor approach will be used to select promising soil-improving cropping systems for
scientific evaluation in 16 study sites across Europe covering different pedo-climatic and socio-economic conditions. Implemented cropping
systems will be monitored with stakeholder involvement, and will be assessed jointly with scientists. Specific attention will be paid to adoption of
soil-improving cropping systems and agronomic techniques within and beyond the study sites. Results from study sites will be up-scaled to the
European level to draw general lessons about applicability potentials of soil-improving cropping systems and related profitability and sustainability
impacts, including assessing barriers for adoption at that scale. An interactive tool will be developed for end-users to identify and prioritize suitable
soil-improving cropping systems anywhere in Europe. Current policies and incentives will be assessed and targeted policy recommendations will
be provided. SOILCARE will take an active dissemination approach to achieve impact from local to European level, addressing multiple audiences,
to enhance crop production in Europe to remain competitive and sustainable through dedicated soil care.
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Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 983 450

Participants (27)

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UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 403 075

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 453 487,50

UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 369 475

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 330 903,75

RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 367 112,50

POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 204 672,50

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 119 562,50

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

MILIEU LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 361 112,50

NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 329 852,50

BODEMKUNDIGE DIENST VAN BELGIE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 262 100

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 327 062,50

GAME AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION TRUST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 245 587,50

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 97 125

SOIL CARES RESEARCH BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 200 055

INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE COIMBRA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 190 835

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU PEDOLOGIE, AGROCHIMIE SI PROTECTIA MEDIULUI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 118 272,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 193 885

INSTYTUT AGROFIZYKI POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 178 422,50

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 210 082,50

PANNON EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 175 922,50

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 221 210

AGRO INTELLIGENCE APS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 53 500

VYZKUMNY USTAV ROSTLINNE VYROBY VVI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 178 422,50

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 191 441,25

FEDERATION REGIONALE DES AGROBIOLOGISTES DE BRETAGNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 193 222,50

SCIENCEVIEW MEDIA BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 40 143

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 677407

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2016

  • End date

    28 February 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 628 403

  • EU contribution

    € 6 999 993

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands