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Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use

Title OriginalSolutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use

SolACE's overarching goal is to help European agriculture face the challenge of dealing with more frequent combined limitations of water and nutrients in the coming decades through the design of novel crop genotypes and agroecosystem management innovations to improve water and nutrient (i.e. N and P) use efficiency. To achieve this goal, SolACE will focus on three major European crops - potato, bread and durum wheat - and will identify the

  • optimum combinations of above- and below-ground traits for improving resource use efficiency
  • best-performing genotypes under combined water and N or P stresses and
  • novel practices that make better use of plant-plant and plant-microbe interactions to access water, N and P resources in conventional, organic and conservation agriculture.

SolACE will implement a double interactive innovation loop, based on agroecosystem management and breeding strategies, and will imply the engagement of diverse end-users, across the production chain, through the SolACE consortium and stakeholders' events.

The tested innovations will include crop genotype mixtures, legume-based crop rotations and cover crops, microbial inoculants, improved decision support systems and hybrids or products from genomic selection and participatory evolutionary breeding schemes.

Data mining, modelling, phenotyping in high throughput platforms and field conditions, to experiments in research stations and farmers' networks will be implemented in contrasted pedo-climatic zones and made available for dissemination to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including policy-makers.

Financing/ Donor
  • European Commission, Horizon 2020
  • State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI
(Research) Program
  • European Commission, Horizon 2020
Project partners
  • French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)
  • Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT)
  • Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltora e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria (CREA)
  • Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
  • The James Hutton Institute (JHI)
  • Kobenhavns Universitet (KU)
  • Sabanci Universitesi (SU)
  • Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU)
  • Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
  • Universidad de Evora (UE)
  • Universität Hohenheim (UHO)
  • University of Newcastle (UNEW)
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Eidgenössisches Departmenet für Wirtschaft, Bildung unf Forschung (AGROSCOPE)
  • Arvalis Institut du Végétal (ARVALIS)
  • Con.cer Società Cooperativa Agricola (CONCER)
  • De Ceuster Meststoffen NV (DCM)
  • European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF)
  • INRA Transfert S.A. (IT)
  • Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF)
  • Okologiai Mezogazdasagi Kutatointezet Kozhasznu Nonprofit Kft (ÖMKi)
  • Ontwikkelingmaatschappij Het Idee (SOLYNTA)
  • Sourcon Padena GmbH (SP)
  • Syngenta France SAS (SYNGENTA)
  • Vogt Wolfgang
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff (people who are not linked are former FiBL employees)
Role of FiBL

Project partner and WP Management (WP 6)

Further information

SolACE on CORDIS: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/210161_en.html

Research area
FiBL project number 10103
Date modified 11.09.2020
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