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Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use

Objective

SolACE's overarching goal is to help European agriculture facing the challenge to deal with more frequent combined limitations of water and nutrients in the coming decades, through the design of novel crop genotypes and agroecosystem management innovations to improve water and nutrient (i.e. N and P) use efficiency. To achieve this goal, SolACE will focus its activities on three major European crops - potato, bread and durum wheat - and will identify the (i) optimum combinations of above- and below-ground traits for improving resource use efficiency, (ii) best-performing genotypes under combined water and N or P stresses and (iii) novel practices that make better use of plant-plant and plant-microbe interactions to access water, N and P resources in conventional, organic and conservation agriculture. SolACE will implement a double interactive innovation loop, based on agroecosystem management and breeding strategies, and will imply the engagement of diverse end-users, across the production chain, from farmers and farm advisors to NGOs, SMEs and larger industries in the agri-business sector, through the SolACE consortium and a range of stakeholders' events. The tested innovations will include crop genotype mixtures, legume-based crop rotations and cover crops, microbial inoculants, as well as improved decision support systems and hybrids or products from genomic selection and participatory evolutionary breeding schemes. SolACE will implement complementary approaches, from data mining, modelling, phenotyping in high throughput platforms and field conditions, to experiments in research stations and farmers' networks in contrasted pedo-climatic zones. Through the co-design and co-assessment with the end-users of the selected novel breeding and management strategies to increase the overall system resource use efficiency, the findings of SolACE will be deemed acceptable and readily available for dissemination to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including policy-makers.
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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

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Rue De L'Universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07

France

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EU Contribution

€ 1 063 000

Participants (24)

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AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 385 000

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

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 390 000

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG

Switzerland

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 365 000

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 205 000

SABANCI UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 85 000

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 260 000

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 445 000

UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 88 000

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 140 000

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 345 000

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 225 000

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG

Switzerland

ARVALIS INSTITUT DU VEGETAL

France

EU Contribution

€ 445 000

CON.CER. SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA AGRICOLA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 189 375

DE CEUSTER MESTSTOFFEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

EUROPEAN CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE FEDERATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 47 000

INRA TRANSFERT S.A.

France

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

LINKING ENVIRONMENT AND FARMING LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 170 000

OKOLOGIAI MEZOGAZDASAGI KUTATOINTEZET KOZHASZNU NONPROFIT KFT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 260 000

ONTWIKKELINGSMAATSCHAPPIJ HET IDEE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 205 000

SP SOURCON PADENA GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 48 750

SYNGENTA FRANCE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 147 625

VOGT WOLFGANG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 71 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727247

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2017

  • End date

    30 April 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 192 148,75

  • EU contribution

    € 6 000 000

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France