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Improve performance of organic agriculture by boosting organic seed and plant breeding efforts across Europe

Objective

LIVESEED aims to improve the performance and competitiveness of the organic sector by boosting organic seed and plant breeding efforts. To increase the availability and choice of organic seed, LIVESEED will (i) harmonize the implementation of legislative requirements and develop an EU-wide router database tool for seed suppliers, (ii) develop improved cultivar testing systems, organic seed health and quality strategies, best practices for organic seed multiplication, and new variety testing protocols for the registration of cultivars for the organic sector, (iii) develop novel breeding concepts, selection tools, and genetic resources, (iv) explore plant-microbe interactions, (v) initiate new breeding networks to close major gaps for legumes, cereals, vegetables, fruit trees and fodder crops, (vi) identify bottlenecks in the organic seed market, (vii) develop business and governance models for breeding and seed production, (viii) engage stakeholder groups for knowledge exchange, practical training, and capacity building, and (ix) provide recommendations based on synthesis of LIVESEED outcomes. The innovative multi-actor and -action research approach (‘learning by doing’) of LIVESEED ensures a broad and fast implementation of the project outputs across Europe. The LIVESEED consortium represents a multidisciplinary European partnership involving 48 organisations (35 partners + 13 third linked parties) and >30 stakeholders from 16 EU countries and Switzerland, including researchers, breeders, seed producers, organic associations and retailers. Combining scientific and practical knowledge will enable the consortium to generate innovative solutions adapted to the needs of end-users for different pedo-climatic and socio-economic contexts. The main outcome will be an improved breeding efficiency and a greater choice and uptake of organic seed derived from resilient cultivars to optimize organic and low-input agriculture and strengthen sustainable food production in Europe.
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Coordinator

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE MOVEMENTS EUROPEAN UNION REGIONAL GROUP

Address

Gaverstad Gard C/O
614 94 Soderkoping

Sweden

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 910 250

Participants (34)

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FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG

Switzerland

DIKTYO GIA TIN VIOPOIKILOTITA KAI TIN OIKOLOGIA STI GEORGIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 147 400

OSTERREICHISCHE AGENTUR FUR GESUNDHEIT UND ERNAHRUNGSSICHERHEIT GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 71 952,50

BORGEN ANDERS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 155 511,25

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG

Switzerland

AGRORESURSU UN EKONOMIKAS INSTITUTS

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 210 899,26

BINGENHEIMER SAATGUT AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 90 062,50

STICHTING BIONEXT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 306 698,75

FONDATSIYA ZA BIOLOGICHNO ZEMEDELIE BIOSELENA

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 60 500

BUNDESVERBAND NATURKOST NATURWAREN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 58 843,75

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

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 259 167,19

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 326 400

FELDSAATEN FREUDENBERGER GMBH & CO. KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 53 062,50

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU DEUTSCHLAND EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 638 650

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 271 797,50

INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE COIMBRA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 145 850

INSTITUT TECHNIQUE DE L AGRICULTURE BIOLOGIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 490 950

INSTYTUT UPRAWY NAWOZENIA I GLEBOZNAWSTWA, PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 122 600

LIVING SEEDS SEMENTES VIVAS, SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 62 675

STICHTING LOUIS BOLK INSTITUUT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 567 768,75

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA AGRARTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 71 200

OKOLOGIAI MEZOGAZDASAGI KUTATOINTEZET KOZHASZNU NONPROFIT KFT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 167 348,75

PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 515 540,75

RETE SEMI RURALI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 338 312

SATIVA RHEINAU AG

Switzerland

SOCIEDAD ESPANOLA DE AGRICULTURA ECOLOGICA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 105 787,50

LANDBRUG & FODEVARER F.M.B.A.

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 167 198,75

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE AGRICOLA FUNDULEA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 107 500

UNION BIO SEMENCES

France

EU Contribution

€ 129 887,50

UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 121 100

UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 368 500

UNIVERSITAET KASSEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 246 425

VITALIS BIOLOGISCHE ZADEN B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 81 000

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 84 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727230

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 997 295,20

  • EU contribution

    € 7 454 839,20

Coordinated by:

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE MOVEMENTS EUROPEAN UNION REGIONAL GROUP

Sweden