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Increasing the efficiency and competitiveness of organic crop breeding

Project Leader
Grausgruber Heinrich, Project Leader
Horizon 2020 - Societal Challenges - Research & Innovation Action (RIA)
EU-Project Instruments
Collaborative Project
Type of Research
Applied Research
Vollmann Johann, Project Staff
Hage-Ahmed Karin, Project Staff
Bürstmayr Hermann, Project Staff
Baumgartner Susanne, Project Staff (bis 30.06.2020)
Seereiter Jakob, Project Staff (bis 31.08.2020)
Wolf Hanna, Project Staff (bis 31.05.2021)
Worel Nadine, Project Staff (bis 31.05.2021)
Dohovits Agnes, Project Staff (bis 31.12.2022)
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Biotechnology in Plant Production
Institute of Plant Breeding
Institute of Plant Protection
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
ECOBREED will improve the availability of seed and varieties suitable for organic and low- input production. Activities will focus on four crop species, selected for their potential contribution to increase competitiveness of the organic sector, i.e. common wheat, potato, soybean and common buckwheat. The project will develop (a) methods, strategies and infrastructures for organic breeding, (b) varieties with improved stress resistance, resource use efficiency and quality and (c) improved methods for the production of high quality organic seed. The objectives are:
• To increase the availability of seeds and varieties for the organic and low-input sector
• To identify traits and combinations of traits suited to organic and low-input production environment including high
nutrient use efficiency and weed competitiveness/allelopathy
• To increase breeding activities for organic and low-input crop production.
ECOBREED will increase the competitiveness of the organic and low-input breeding and farming sectors by:
• Identifying genetic and phenotypic variation in morphological, abiotic/biotic tolerance/resistance and nutritional
quality traits that can be used in organic breeding
• Evaluation of the potential of genetic variation for enhanced nutrient acquisition
• Evaluation of the potential for increased weed competitiveness and control
• Optimisation of seed production/multiplication via improved agronomic and seed treatment protocols
• Developing efficient, ready-to-use farmer participatory breeding systems
• Pre-breeding of elite varieties for improved agronomic performance, biotic/abiotic stress resistance/tolerance and
nutritional quality
• Development of training programmes in (a) genomic tools/techniques, (b) PPB and (c) use and application of
improved phenotyping capabilities.
• Ensuring optimum and rapid utilisation and exploitation of project deliverables and innovations by relevant industry
and other user/stakeholder groups.
Cultivation of land; Grain cultivation ; Organic farming; Plant breeding; Seed breeding;
organic agriculture; potato; plant breeding; soybean; wheat;
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