Coordinatore di progetto: NICOLA PECCHIONI
Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use
|To reach its ambitious overall goal, the project will be based on multi-actor collaborations and stakeholder engagement to pursue and achieve the following objectives:
- At the scientific level, SolACE will determine (i) the crop responses to realistic combined water and nutrient (N and/or P) limitations in strategic cereal and root/tuber crops [WP1, WP2, WP3], (ii) the links between below-ground traits (root growth and activity / rhizosphere microbiome / symbiosis) and resource (water, N and P) acquisition efficiency [WP2, WP3], (iii) the best-performing genotypes under combined water and nutrient stresses, and the related genes or markers [WP2, WP4], (iv) the optimum combination of traits, below- and above-ground, for improved overall system resource use efficiency [WP2, WP4], (v) the agroecosystem management innovations that make best use of plant-plant and plant-microbe interactions [WP3] in conventional, organic and conservation agriculture systems.
- At the technological level, SolACE will design (i) innovative agroecosystem management strategies and tools to unlock the genetic potential of large panels of genotypes, based on increased use of above- and below-ground interactions and biodiversity (crop genotype mixtures, legume-based crop rotations and cover crops, microbial inoculants), as well as improved Decision Support Systems [WP3], and (ii) novel breeding strategies (including participatory approaches) and tools to develop resource-efficient crops that benefit most from such management innovations [WP4, WP5] in conventional, organic and conservation agriculture systems.
- At the applied level, SolACE will (i) evaluate the performance of the designed solutions in terms of yield, food quality, and environmental impact in experimental stations [WP2, WP3, WP4], (ii) evaluate the technical feasibility, economic and environmental impact brought by the innovations developed by the project in farmersí trial networks [WP5], and assess the potential, socio-economic, institutional and regulatory barriers and enablers to their uptake [WP6], both in conventional and organic agriculture in various European pedo-climatic conditions, and (iii) transfer the project outcomes to stakeholders, from breeders to growers, from farm advisors to agri-business suppliers [WP6].|
|EEPP - Commissione Europea - Directorate General For Research & Innovation - Directorate E - Biotecnologies, Agriculture, Food - E.4 - Directorate General For Research & Innovation - Directorate E - Biotecnologies, Agriculture, Food - E.4|
|EEPP - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique|
|EEPP - AIT Austrian Institute of Technology|
|CRA - Cerealicoltura e colture industriali - Foggia|