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Stacking of ecosystem services: mechanisms and interactions for optimal crop protection, pollination enhancement, and productivity

Stacking of ecosystem services: mechanisms and interactions for optimal crop protection, pollination enhancement, and productivity

Objective

EcoStack will provide European farmers with the knowledge and tools needed to maximise ecosystem services for the production of crops, while minimising environmental impacts of agriculture and ensuring the profitability of farming. The objectives will be achieved by stacking ecosystem services to enhance synergistically the effective interplay of the service providers. Previous attempts at achieving this have been ineffective due to uncertainty of pollinator and natural enemy exchange between crop types and habitats, as well as the reluctance of growers to establish refugia for natural enemies and pollinators. In EcoStack we will focus on the management of beneficial organisms within the field, rather than trying to manage the external influx. We will make full use of increased knowledge of interactions between trophic levels (microbe-plant-herbivore-natural enemy / pollinator), and will manage and assess functional biodiversity benefits at different levels (within and between species, fields, landscapes), and stack them for maximizing farmer benefits and system resilience. Our research covers: conventional and organic cropping systems; arable, horticultural and permanent crops; pastoral and mixed systems, and all pedoclimatic production zones of Europe. Specific focus is on oilseed rape, wheat, and potato; field tomato; orchards (olive, fruit trees) and vineyards, and grassland/pastures. Advanced molecular and other technical tools are used to determine source populations of beneficial organisms, and to monitor and record movements and interactions. A comprehensive work-package will address relevant socio-economic questions including farmer uptake, and a specific tool will be developed based on precision agriculture data to allow farmers to link inputs (including functional biodiversity) to output (yield maps), based on data from their own fields. We have access to comprehensive farm networks covering all of Europe, for implementing and demonstrating our results.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Address

Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 041 057,50

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SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 150 669,50

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 992 233,50

ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 047 880

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 880 324

INSTITUT SUPERIEUR D'AGRICULTURE RHONE ALPES I.S.A.R.A

France

EU Contribution

€ 582 500

JULIUS KUHN-INSTITUT BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR KULTURPFLANZEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 442 312

UNIVERSITAET KASSEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 498 375

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 138 750

AGRAREN UNIVERSITET - PLOVDIV

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 170 000

FACULTY OF BIOLOGY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 235 000

UNIVERZITET U BANJOJ LUCI

Bosnia and Herzegovina

EU Contribution

€ 170 438

UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 379 017,50

UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 355 939

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 380 000

PROAGRIA KESKUSTEN LIITTO RY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 267 950

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 296 231

KOMPETENZZENTRUM OKOLANDBAU NIEDERSACHSEN GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 78 500

FORESTUM OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 90 000

AASATEK OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

HESSISCHES MINISTERIUM FÜR UMWELT, KLIMASCHUTZ, LANDWIRTSCHAFT UND VERBRAUCHERSCHUTZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 105 000

KOPPERT ESPANA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 10 000

TURUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 354 955

CENTRE FOR PROCESS INNOVATION LIMITED LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 176 734

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 773554

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    10 September 2018

  • End date

    9 September 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

H2020-EU.3.2.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 050 109,75

  • EU contribution

    € 9 963 866

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy