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Multi species swards and multi scale strategies for multifunctional grassland based ruminant production systems

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244983

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2010

  • End date

    28 February 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 030 775

  • EU contribution

    € 2 997 595

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT

France

Objective

MULTISWARD will support developments and innovations in grassland production and management throughout the diversity of European farming systems, pedo-climatic and socio-economic conditions. It will enhance regulating and supporting services from grasslands at the farm and landscape levels whilst improving the competitiveness of grassland-based ruminant production systems. This will be achieved by a concerted use of diversity: multi-species swards, diversity of plant communities at the farm and landscape levels and diversity of production systems at the landscape level. To reach this goal, MULTISWARD will: 1.Define the roles and utility of grassland from economic, agronomic and environmental perspectives and determine stakeholder’s requirements and expectations with respect to multi-functionality in EU countries 2.Assess the performance of multi species swards (MSS) in terms of plant productivity and animal nutrition over a range of environments and determine the most appropriate mixtures according to the soil and climatic conditions 3.Optimize the role of MSS in the provision of regulating and supporting services and maintaining a high level of biodiversity 4.Design and evaluate innovations in grazing and animal management (including animal genetics) to enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of grassland-based ruminant production system 5.Provide adequate evaluation tools (indicators and models) to assess ways of combining high production efficiency with optimal provision of regulating and supporting services from grasslands at farm to regional levels 6.Identify and analyse the effects of socio-economic and policy scenarios supporting grassland development or inducing grassland replacement by annual crops in order to support the design of future policies 7.Disseminate knowledge to key stakeholders through a participatory framework that will allow exchanges between researchers and key stakeholders and increase awareness of grassland based systems

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT

Address

Rue De L'Universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 636 251

Administrative Contact

Pierre Delage (Mr.)

Participants (14)

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 293 604

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 344 412

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 345 000

VLAAMSE GEWEST

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 172 624

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 197 609

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGENSTIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 97 800

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 122 608

NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 73 802

UNIWERSYTET PRZYRODNICZY W POZNANIU

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 130 500

RHEA - NATURAL RESOURCES, HUMAN ENVIRONMENT AND AGRONOMY

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 172 600

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI UDINE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 122 400

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 106 140

INSTITUT DE L'ELEVAGE

France

EU Contribution

€ 26 640

INRA TRANSFERT SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 155 605

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244983

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2010

  • End date

    28 February 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 030 775

  • EU contribution

    € 2 997 595

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT

France

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