The European Agriculture will have to face several challenges in the next years: sustainably feed more than 9 billion people by 2050, ensure the transition to bio-economy or deal with climate change. In matter of climate change, how to provide new crop varieties adapted to climate constraints?
A solution could reside in the increase of global crop yield. CROPBOOSTER stakeholders estimate that around doubling the yield would be necessary to face those challenges. However, the project does not want to reduce the nutritional quality. To do so, redesigning current crops is needed. The future of crops goes through the combination of sustainability (efficient use of water and minerals) and resilience to changing climate conditions.
CROPBOOSTER aims at identifying priorities and opportunities to adapt and foster European crop yield to environmental and societal changes. A white paper will be produced by the project partners establishing the pathway to sustainably doubling from now to 2050 European crop yield and prepare crops to future needs and climate in Europe. This white paper will be established thanks to the openness of the project towards European public as well as involvement of European plant sciences.
CROPBOOSTER in figures
- 3 years of project
- 16 partners from 8 countries
- 2 996 942,50 € of budget
- Stichting Wageningen Research - NL
- VIB - BE
- Wageningen University - NL
- Consiglio Nazionale delle ricerche - IT
- E.P.S.O. IVZW - BE
- Université Heinrich Heine de Düsseldorf - DE
- University of Nottingham - UK
- Julius Kühn-Institut - DE
- CNRS - FR
- Université de Copenhague - DK
- INRA - FR
- European Technology Platform « Plants for the Future » - BE
- Lancaster University - UK
- USAMV Cluj-Napoca - RO
- European Seed Association - BE
ARVALIS participate to the CropBOOSTER project along with Acta.