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The re-invention of sainfoin: an example of a novel resource for sustainable agriculture

The re-invention of sainfoin: an example of a novel resource for sustainable agriculture

Objective

The proposed RTN adopts a unified approach to a unique sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) collection. It will provide excellent training for young researchers in evaluating traditional resources and developing novel strategies for sustainable agriculture. This is timely because of the pending CAP reforms. The RTN will offer multisectorial and multidisciplinary training at 10 first class research institutions and 3 SMEs in 10 countries. It is based on a structured combination of research and training activities to ensure that the young researchers will achieve optimal development of professional skills for their future careers.
The young researchers will greatly benefit from the vast expertise in a wide range of disciplines amongst the partners: agronomy, plant breeding, seed production and marketing, animal nutrition, veterinary science, chemical analysis, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology. The scientific approach will develop a scientific and technical basis for animal feeding systems based on lower chemical inputs by re-popularising traditional fodder legumes for more efficient, animal- and environment-friendly farming systems. Sainfoin will be a showcase for an excellent fodder legume, which was widely grown in Europe before the use of commercial fertilisers and synthetic drugs. Currently, a considerable amount of research occurs on sainfoin but includes only a few cultivars. This prevents exploitation of its full genetic potential.
The unique collection already available within this network and a concerted evaluation will lay the foundation for exploiting the full potential of this traditional forage crop in contemporary cultivation systems. Training will consist of extensive scientific education on a local and network-wide basis and include complementary skills, e.g. foreign languages, personal, social and inter-cultural skills (management skills and soft skills).

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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Address

Karlsplatz 13
Wien

Austria

Administrative Contact

Karl STICH (Prof.)

Participants (12)

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CAUSSADE SEMENCES SA

France

CENTRE FOR ECOLOGICAL-NOOSPHERE STUDIES OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES RA

Armenia

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIA DE ARAGON

Spain

COTSWOLD SEEDS LIMITED

United Kingdom

DEN KONGELIGE VETERINAER- OG LANDBOHOEJSKOLE

Denmark

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (INRA)

France

NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION.

Greece

NIAB (NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL BOTANY)

United Kingdom

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 35805

  • Start date

    1 December 2006

  • End date

    30 November 2010

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 618 044

  • EU contribution

    € 3 500 000

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria