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Legume-cereal intercropping for sustainable agriculture across Europe

Projektleitung
Manschadi Ahmad M., BOKU Projektleiter/in
Laufzeit:
01.11.2022-31.10.2026
Programm:
Horizon Europe - Global Challenges - Research & Innovation Action (RIA)
EU-Projektinstrument
Collaborative Project
Art der Forschung
Angewandte Forschung
Projektpartner*innen
AARHUS UNIVERSITET, Dänemark.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS, Spanien.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
Agritec Plant Research s.r.o., Tschechische Republik.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
Ain Shams University Cairo, Ägypten.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
CONFEDERAZIONE ITALIANA AGRICOLTORI TOSCANA, Italien.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
DEUTSCHE SAATVEREDELUNG AG, Deutschland.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
FARM EUROPE AISBL, Belgien.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER, Deutschland.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
IFAU APS, Dänemark.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
INSTYTUT AGROFIZYKI POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK, Polen.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
Technische Universität Wien, Getreidemarkt 9/166, A-1060 Wien, Österreich.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
THE SOIL ASSOCIATION LIMITED, Vereinigtes Königreich.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING, Vereinigtes Königreich.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
UNION DE PEQUENOS AGRICULTORES Y GANADEROS, Spanien.
Funktion des Projektpartners: Partner
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE, Italien.
Kontaktperson: Shamina Imran Pathan;
Funktion des Projektpartners: Koordinator
Mitarbeiter*innen
Beteiligte BOKU-Organisationseinheiten
Institut für Pflanzenbau
Gefördert durch
Europäische Kommission / European Commission, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Europäische Union
Abstract
As conventional cropping systems face deterioration of soil quality, loss of biodiversity, and declining ecosystem services, there is an
urgent need to change practices to more sustainable yet productive systems. Intercropping enhances biodiversity, maximizes land
productivity, and optimizes biogeochemical cycles in agroecosystems, but is lacking acceptance from European farmers. Legumebased
intercropping takes advantage of biological diversity and synergistic effects between companion plants while reducing
external inputs. A major objective of LEGUMINOSE is to identify the obstacles to intercropping and enhance farmers’ acceptance by
providing knowledge and demonstrations that promote economic, environmental, and social benefits of legume-cereal intercropping. LEGUMINOSE will assess intercropping potential by focusing on pesticide reduction, plant-microbe mediated element cycling, soil health improvement, and crop quality and health. To overcome barriers to intercropping implementation, we will establish a network of six field trials and farm labs (20 farms in each country; 180 on farm trials) in different pedo-climatic zones across Europe (IT, DE, DR, ES, PL, CZ, UK), Egypt, and Pakistan. Furthermore, we will integrate remote sensing and crop modelling to survey fields, upscale the field-scale results, and create a web-based decision support system on intercropping. In collaboration with various stakeholders, legume-intercropping systems' economical, ecological, and social gains will be assessed and disseminated with international outreach from farm-level to policymakers. We will recognize and involve the whole value chain to explore and test innovative marketing strategies for the products of intercropping. LEGUMINOSE will contribute to the ecological intensification of European agriculture by providing science-based, farmer-led, and economically viable transformations for legume-based intercropping systems.
Schlagworte
Computersimulation; Ackerbau; Getreidebau; Pflanzenbau; Pflanzenernährung;
Biodiversität; Getreide; Kulturpflanzenmodellierung; Leguminosen; Mischkulturanbau;
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