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Marginal lands for Growing Industrial Crops: Turning a burden into an opportunity

Marginal lands for Growing Industrial Crops: Turning a burden into an opportunity

Objective

Industrial Crops can provide valuable resources for high added value products and bioenergy. MAGIC aims to promote the sustainable development of resource-efficient and economically profitable industrial crops grown on marginal lands. To achieve that an up-to-date database of existing resource-efficient industrial crops will be developed with information on their agronomic characteristics, input requirements, yield performance and quality traits for end-use applications (WP1). A Decision Support System (DSS) will be developed and validated with the active involvement of farmers and end users. In parallel, current and future marginal lands in Europe facing natural constraints will be mapped, characterised and analysed to provide a spatially explicit classification that will serve as a basis for developing sustainable best-practice options for industrial crops (WP2). The most promising crop species will be identified taking advantage of the profound experience of the consortium and in a multi-actor approach with stakeholders. Further investigation actions include the creation of new breeding tools and strategies towards better crop varieties (WP3), the identification and optimization of appropriate agronomic practices with limited input requirements (WP4) and the development of suitable harvesting strategies and logistics to optimise the biomass supply-chains (WP5). The impact of MAGIC will be maximized by integrating sustainability aspects (covering environment, society and economy) of the value chains (WP6). Success stories of industrial crops in EU regions will be analysed addressing technical, environmental, economic and social issues to produce policy recommendations and best-practice guidelines for their promotion at local/regional level (WP7). The project results, database, maps and the DSS tool will be used as dissemination tools to increase farmers’ awareness and establish strong links with EIP AGRI (WP8).
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EU Contribution

€ 562 500

Participants (25)

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ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 310 750

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 681 250

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 400 000

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 398 250

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 365 000

IFEU - INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 281 725

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 276 250

NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 268 250

FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIADA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Portugal

UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 149 375

ARKEMA FRANCE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 160 000

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 173 300

COOPERATIVAS AGRO-ALIMENTARIAS DE ESPANA U DE COOP SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 132 750

KRZYZANIAK MICHAL

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 123 375

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

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 202 500

INSTYTUT WLOKIEN NATURALNYCH I ROSLIN ZIELARSKICH

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 130 000

B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 220 962,50

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 166 250

INSTITUTE OF BIOENERGY CROPS AND SUGAR BEET NATIONAL ACADEMY OF AGRARIAN SCIENCES OF UKRAINE

Ukraine

EU Contribution

€ 118 750

LATVIJAS VALSTS MEZZINATNES INSTITUTS SILAVA

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 108 750

INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 230 000

NOVABIOM

France

EU Contribution

€ 142 500

VANDINTER SEMO BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 123 750

BIOS AGROSYSTEMS SA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 73 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727698

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 July 2017

  • End date

    30 June 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

H2020-EU.3.2.4.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 999 987,50

  • EU contribution

    € 5 999 987,50

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CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION

Greece