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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2017-2
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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
€ 1 131 412,08

Participants (23)

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 1 146 978,38
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 989 050,63
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 051 326,71
Address
West Common
AL52JQ Harpenden
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 902 220,55
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT SUPERIEUR D'AGRICULTURE RHONE ALPES I.S.A.R.A
France
EU contribution
€ 557 814,89
Address
23 Rue Jean Baldassini
69007 Lyon
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
JULIUS KUHN-INSTITUT BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR KULTURPFLANZEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 440 893,15
Address
Erwin-baur-strasse 27
06484 Quedlinburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET KASSEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 496 776,31
Address
Monchebergstrasse 19
34125 Kassel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LUONNONVARAKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 206 379,85
Address
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGRAREN UNIVERSITET - PLOVDIV
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 169 454,68
Address
Mendeleev Street 12
4000 Plovdiv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FACULTY OF BIOLOGY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 234 246,18
Address
Studentski Trg 3/2
11000 Beograd
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZITET U BANJOJ LUCI
Bosnia and Herzegovina
EU contribution
€ 169 891,28
Address
Bulevar Vojvode Petra Bojovica 1 A
78000 Banja Luka
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 407 705,46
Address
Ul. Golebia 24
31007 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 375 218,50
Address
Paco Das Escolas
3004-531 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 378 781,04
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PROAGRIA KESKUSTEN LIITTO RY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 267 090,48
Address
Urheilutie 6
01301 Vantaa
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 295 280,75
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KOMPETENZZENTRUM OKOLANDBAU NIEDERSACHSEN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 81 652,24
Address
Bahnhofstrasse 15
27374 Visselhovede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FORESTUM OY

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Raitamaantie 8 A
00420 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AASATEK OY

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 956,16
Address
Lehdesk 6 B 2
02340 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HESSISCHES MINISTERIUM FÜR UMWELT, KLIMASCHUTZ, LANDWIRTSCHAFT UND VERBRAUCHERSCHUTZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 125 084,46
Address
Mainzer Strasse 80
65189 Wiesbaden
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
KOPPERT ESPANA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 9 967,93
Address
Calle Cobre 22 Polig Industrial Ciudad Des Transpo La Mojonera
04745 Almeria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TURUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 374 237,66
Address
Yliopistonmaki
20014 Turku
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE FOR PROCESS INNOVATION LIMITED LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 151 446,63
Address
Wilton Centre Wilton
TS10 4RF Redcar Cleveland
Activity type
Research Organisations