FACCE-JPI and the ERA-NET SusCrop, in the framework of the European Research Area, have decided to join forces to put in place a Call for research projects addressing agrobiodiversity, with the purposes of providing practical and policy-relevant knowledge on how agrobiodiversity can improve resilience of agroecosystems.
Registrations are now open for the ERA-Net SusCrop project status and outreach seminar on ‘sustainable crop and agriculture production for the future’ that will take place on February 7-8, 2023 in Ghent, Belgium.
A consortium meeting was held on September 14, 2022 in Brussels and online. The meeting was attended by more than 30 representatives of the SusCrop Consortium members and the SusCrop Advisory Board members.
The seminar was held back to back with a workshop on “Enhancement and optimization of innovation”, that took place on the 12th of May 2022. Fundraiser Stella Spanou (AU) started with a keynote on “The art of innovation and entrepreneurship – from research to value creation”.
On May 11, the ERA-Net SusCrop welcomed about 50 participants to the end-term meeting of the funded research projects of the 1st transnational Call. Next to the participants on site, about 50 participants were registered to join the meeting online.
On May 10, the 3-day “seminar on research and innovation in sustainable crop production” that was held at Aarhus University (Denmark) kicked off with an internal consortium meeting for SusCrop funders and other consortium members.
The AC/DC-weeds project develops agro-ecological technologies to manage creeping perennial weeds on arable land. Focusing on three species, important in North and Central Europe, they investigate new technics and optimise crop husbandry. Creeping perennials occur patchy, hence the researchers work on mapping, identifying and delineating them in fields with UAVs.
In order to rapidly accumulate and fix desirable characteristics in diploid potato, it is necessary to be able to self-pollinate (or inbreed) them.
Current conventional agriculture relies heavily on high nutrient inputs as well as massive use of pesticides. Therefore, conventional practices have resulted in low nutrient use efficiencies, groundwater pollution and increased soil erosion.
The overall goal of RYE-SUS is to develop, test and model gibberellin-sensitive semi-dwarf rye genotypes with optimised harvest index, improved lodging resistance, high yield potential and drought tolerance as well as minimised risk of ergot infestation for a sustainable intensification of grain production.