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Exploiting the multifunctional potential of belowground biodiversity in horticultural farming

Objective

Excalibur plans to deepen the knowledge on soil biodiversity dynamics and its synergistic effects with prebiotic and probiotic approaches in horticulture, using a multi-actor approach. To pursue this aim, new multifunctional soil microbial inoculants (bio-inocula) and bio-effectors will be tested on three model crops of economic importance (es. tomato, apple, strawberry) under different experimental and open-field conditions across Europe, and the feed-feedback effect of/on native biodiversity monitored. In order to go beyond the multitude of studies on the links between soil biodiversity and plant health, Excalibur will develop a comprehensive strategy of soil management improving the effectiveness of biocontrol and biofertilization practices in agriculture. For this purpose Excalibur plans to: 1) focus on multiscale interactions between plants and belowground organisms to exploit the potential of multifunctional bio-inocula and bio-effectors; 2) optimize the formulation and the application methods of these products based on native soil biodiversity dynamics; 3) develop a strategy to improve the exploitation of soil biodiversity interactions with bio-effectors and bio-inocula by assessing their impacts on crops and biodiversity under contrasting agricultural management practices (conventional, organic) and biotic/abiotic stress conditions; 4) to build a multi-criteria model to assess soil biodiversity status of cropping systems for a more efficient use of bio-effectors and bio-inocula; 5) develop technical tools to monitor the persistence and dispersion of bio-inocula under field conditions for eco-toxicological and agronomical purposes; 6) evaluate the effects of the new strategy on economy, environment quality and ecosystem functions; 7) disseminate results to all stakeholders with a dynamic and comprehensive methodology and encourage the adoption of best practices derived from the new strategy at local, regional and global level.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2018-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 183 615

Participants (15)

INSTYTUT OGRODNICTWA - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 457 250
Address
Ul. Konstytucji 3 Maja Nr 1/3
96 100 Skierniewice
Activity type
Other
C.R.P.V. CENTRO RICERCHE PRODUZIONI VEGETALI SOCIETA COOPERATIVA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 476 625
Address
Via Dell Arrigoni 120
47023 Cesena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 907 660
Address
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
NIAB EMR
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 403 210
Address
Huntingdon Road
CB3 0LE Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
KMETIJSKI INSTITUT SLOVENIJE - AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE OF SLOVENIA
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 306 205
Address
Hacquetova Ulica 17
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 259 250
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 359 650
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 466 537,50
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 543 330
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INOCULUMPLUS SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 252 375
Address
Technopole Agronov Domaine D Epoisses Rd31
21110 Breteniere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 337 500
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INTERMAG SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 299 375
Address
Aleja 1000-Lecia, 15G
32 300 Olkusz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NSF EURO CONSULTANTS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 325 025
Address
Avenue Pasteur 21
1300 Wavre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KOMPETENZZENTRUM OBSTBAU BODENSEE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 218 750
Address
Schuhmacherhof 6
88213 Ravensburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
FORDERGEMEINSCHAFT OKOLOGISCHER OBSTBAU EV (FOKO)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 198 750
Address
Traubenplatz 5
74189 Weinsberg
Activity type
Other