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Chicory as a multipurpose crop for dietary fibre and medicinal terpenes

Objective

CHIC is the Chicory Innovation Consortium. Its objective is 1) to implement New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) in chicory in order to establish it as a multipurpose crop for the production of health-related products with clear benefits for consumers, and 2) to develop co-innovation pathways with stakeholders for game-changing technologies, such as NPBTs.
CHIC will develop four different NPBTs. They will be used to steer bioprocesses in chicory and mobilize its under-explored potential to produce immunomodulatory prebiotics and medicinal terpenes. The conceptually different NPBTs will be assessed with respect to technological potential, risks, regulatory framework and their socio-economic impacts. This will be done in close consultation with a Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) composed of relevant stakeholders in industry and society. Ongoing project activities and results will be discussed with stakeholders and communicated to interested public using innovative methods including cultural communication and linking art to science. In this context, CHIC will develop two business cases in different application areas, inulin as healthy food ingredient and terpenes as medicinal lead compounds.
This effort requires a highly interdisciplinary approach with expertise from molecular sciences, economy, arts, social sciences & humanities, and legislation. The partnership includes three SMEs and a chicory end-user, and international collaboration is established via a research institute in New Zealand. The SAG plays a crucial role in consultation in all phases and activities of the project. Via this co-innovation approach, we aim to contribute to leadership in responsible research innovation and to promote improved understanding of plant biotechnology. Chicory will be boosted as a robust multipurpose crop, tolerant to adverse environmental conditions from which bioactive compounds can be extracted, contributing to sustainable agriculture and a biobased economy.

Field of science

  • /humanities
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding
  • /social sciences
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/health economics
  • /humanities/arts
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/sustainable agriculture

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-BIO-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 009 631,25

Participants (16)

UNIVERSITE DE LILLE

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
42 Rue Paul Duez
59800 Lille
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR PFLANZENBIOCHEMIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 469 210
Address
Weinberg 3
06120 Halle
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE NEW ZEALAND INSTITUTE FOR PLANT AND FOOD RESEARCH LIMITED
New Zealand
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Mount Albert Road 120 Mount Albert Research Centre
1025 Auckland
Activity type
Research Organisations
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 383 455
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDAZIONE EDMUND MACH
Italy
EU contribution
€ 352 698,75
Address
Via Edmondo Mach 1
38010 San Michele All'adige
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
Finland
EU contribution
€ 547 057,50
Address
Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT ZA BIOLOSKA ISTRAZIVANJA
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 361 280
Address
Bulevar Despota Stefana 142
11060 Beograd
Activity type
Research Organisations
JULIUS KUHN-INSTITUT BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR KULTURPFLANZEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 507 567,50
Address
Erwin-baur-strasse 27
06484 Quedlinburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 516 500
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACJA ART & SCIENCE SYNERGY FOUNDATION
Poland
EU contribution
€ 355 725
Address
Ul Chelminska 11 6
60 645 Poznan
Activity type
Other
EUROPESE ORGANISATIE VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK PLANTENONDERZOEK E.P.S.O. IVZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 301 875
Address
Rue De L'industrie 4
1000 Brussels
Activity type
Other
SENSUS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 194 891,25
Address
Borchwerf 3
4704 RG Roosendaal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 382 537,50
Address
Avenida Da Republica Quinta Do Marques
2781-901 Oeiras
Activity type
Research Organisations
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 430 695
Address
Leonhardstrasse 59
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
KEYGENE NV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 419 605
Address
Agro Business Park 90
6700AE Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IDCONSORTIUM SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 373 275
Address
Calle Betis 30
41010 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)