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TOPIC: SFS-01-2016

Type of Action: Research and Innovation action

Objective

Solutions to multiple and combined stresses in crop production

Specific Challenge

Water, soil quality and nutrients are key determinants of plant growth and crop productivity. With supplies of these inputs becoming increasingly variable and scarce, improvements in water use efficiency (WUE) and nutrient use efficiency (NUE) are of particular importance for both plant breeding and crop management, as are issues of yield stability.

Scope

Proposals will lay the ground for a better understanding and management of highly dynamic processes of combined abiotic variations and their effects on crops. More specifically, activities will establish how combined water and nutrient stresses act upon plants taking into account complex interactions between plants/roots, soils and below ground biodiversity.

Links

Knowledge of these basic processes should be linked to overall system resource- use efficiency in crops on the basis of a thorough understanding of the interplay between crop genetics, crop management and the environment.

Application

Findings will be applied to the development and testing of strategies and tools for soil, water and crop management. Also, they will serve to identify (combinations of) above- and below-ground traits associated with improved plant performance under restricted water and nutrient availability to develop crop breeding strategies and tools.

Expected Impact

Activities will enhance our capacity to deal with multiple abiotic stresses in cropping systems. Outputs and results will help to increase the resilience of crop production in more variable environments and ultimately secure productivity. They will also contribute to optimising water use and reducing nutrient losses in agricultural systems, thereby also reducing the environmental impact of agricultural activities, in particular with regard to water quality.

Our Project

Our Project

Web Expert Tool – Hop (WETHOP) project aims to fill the existing gaps in EU hop farmers, by developing a flexible surveillance system which will enable to assess the impacts of various abiotic stresses on hop yields. The system is intended to be used at several temporal and spatial resolutions by farmers and other stakeholders and ultimately by the brewing industry. Overall the aim of the project is to develop a management tool that allows improvement of various aspects of hop production including assessing impacts of various abiotic stresses on quality and quantity of yields. The tool will also allow assessing the economic impacts of different management practices on farmers’ profit. Furthermore, it will enable assessing the impacts of hop quality, after exposed to abiotic stresses, on the brewing industry.

Partnership

13 partners over 8 countries
University of Santiago de Compostela
University of Santiago de Compostela
SPAIN
Institute of Agronomy  - University of Lisbon
Institute of Agronomy - University of Lisbon
PORTUGAL
Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei in Berlin
Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei in Berlin
GERMANY
Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing
Slovenian Institute of Hop Research and Brewing
SLOVENIA
International Hop Growers Convention
International Hop Growers Convention
FRANCE
Hop Research Institute
Hop Research Institute
CZECH REPUBLIC
Križevci College of Agriculture
Križevci College of Agriculture
CROATIA
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
CZECH REPUBLIC
German Research Centre for Food Chemistry
German Research Centre for Food Chemistry
GERMANY
The British Hop Association
The British Hop Association
UNITED KINGDOM
Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft
Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft
GERMANY
O Lar dos Neira
O Lar dos Neira
SPAIN
Ribič Hops
Ribič Hops
SLOVENIA