BARISTA is developing and testing genomic prediction (GP) and crop simulation models (CSMs) to improve the efficiency of barley breeding for key traits relevant for sustainability and resilience: water- and nitrogen-use efficiency (WUE, NUE), culm architecture to improve lodging resistance, disease resistance and flowering time.
Currently Europe produces only about 30% of the plant protein needed for supplementary protein in feed, resulting in import of 40 million tonnes of soya bean and soya meal per year. This imbalance in the European agricultural system is due to the lack of an economically competitive grain legume protein crop that can match cereals for farmer profits.
NETFIB’s overall aim is to develop the capacity for farmers and other land managers to recover nettle as a fibre crop from marginal land, which would otherwise remain under-used. The project started to test the hypothesis that the yield of nettle biomass in agro-forestry systems on marginal land can be enhanced by manipulations of soil and microbes.
Legumes contribute to protein self-sufficiency and the sustainability of diets. They diversify cropping systems and farm businesses while reducing fertiliser and pesticide use, greenhouse gas emissions, land degradation and biodiversity loss. Nevertheless, grain legume production in Europe is low, partly due to sub-optimal management practices and gaps in farmers’ knowledge.
SusCrop is currently planning several events incl. a seminar & a workshop between May 10-12, 2022, in Aarhus (Denmark).