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

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The aim of the SOLACE project is to help European agriculture to deal with water and nutrients limitations that will be more frequent in the coming decades due to climate change. SolACE will achieve this objective through the design of novel crop genotypes and innovations in agroecosystem management to improve water and nutrient (i.e. N and P) use efficiency for three major European crops: potato, bread and durum wheat.

SolACE will implement complementary approaches, from data mining, modelling, phenotyping in high throughput platforms and field conditions, to experiments in research stations and farmer networks in contrasted pedo-climatic zones. The tested innovations will include crop genotype mixtures, legume-based crop rotations and cover crops, microbial inoculants, as well as improved decision support systems and hybrids or products from genomic selection and participatory evolutionary breeding schemes.

SolACE will involve diverse end-users, across the production chain, from farmers and farm advisors to NGOs, SMEs and larger industries in the agri-business sector, through the SolACE consortium and a range of stakeholder events. Through the co-design and co-assessment with the end-users of the selected novel breeding and management strategies to increase the overall system resource use efficiency, the findings of SolACE will be available for dissemination to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including policy-makers.

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Lead

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)

Partners

Agrobiota, Germany
Agroscope - Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Switzerland
AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria
ARVALIS - Institut du végétal, France
CONCER - CON.CER Societa Cooperativa Agricola, Italy
CREA - Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Italy
DCM - De Ceuster Meststoffen NV, Belgium
ECAF - European Conservation Agriculture Federation, Spain
FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland
INRA - French National Institute for Agricultural Research, France
IT - INRA Transfert, France
JHI - James Hutton Institute, UK
KU - University of Copenhagen, Denmark
LEAF - Linking Environment And Farming, UK
ÖMKi - Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Hungary
SOLYNTA - Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Het Idee, The Netherlands
SP - Sourcon Padena GmbH, Germany
SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
SU - Sabanci University, Turkey
SYNGENTA, France
UCL - Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
UE - University of Évora, Portugal
UHO - University of Hohenheim, Germany
UNEW - University of Newcastle - UK
UPM - Technical University of Madrid - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Source of funding

Horizon 2020 (EU Research & Innovation programme)

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