MAGIC - Marginal lands for Growing Industrial Crops: Turning a burden into an opportunity
07 / 2017 - 06 / 2021
Gefördert durchThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727698.
CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA Italy, STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH Netherlands, WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY Netherlands, UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM Germany, INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE France, ifeu – INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG HEIDELBERG GMBH Germany, IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE United Kingdom, NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH Germany, UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA Italy, FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIADA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA Portugal, ARKEMA FRANCE France, CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT Spain, COOPERATIVAS AGRO-ALIMENTARIAS DE ESPANA U DE COOP SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVA Spain, KRZYZANIAK MICHAL Poland, CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L’ANALISI DELL’ECONOMIA AGRARIA Italy, INSTYTUT WLOKIEN NATURALNYCH I ROSLIN ZIELARSKICH Poland, B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV Netherlands, AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS Greece, INSTITUTE OF BIOENERGY CROPS AND SUGAR BEET NATIONAL ACADEMY OF AGRARIAN SCIENCES OF UKRAINE Ukraine, LATVIJAS VALSTS MEZZINATNES INSTITUTS SILAVA Latvia, INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE Austria, NOVABIOM France, VANDINTER SEMO BV Netherlands, BIOS AGROSYSTEMS SA Greece
Industrial Crops can provide valuable resources for high added value products and bioenergy. MAGIC aims to promote the sustainable development of resource-efficient and economically profitable industrial crops grown on marginal lands.
To achieve that an up-to-date database of existing resource-efficient industrial crops will be developed with information on their agronomic characteristics, input requirements, yield performance and quality traits for end-use applications (WP1). A Decision Support System (DSS) will be developed and validated with the active involvement of farmers and end users. In parallel, current and future marginal lands in Europe facing natural constraints will be mapped, characterised and analysed to provide a spatially explicit classification that will serve as a basis for developing sustainable best-practice options for industrial crops (WP2). The most promising crop species will be identified taking advantage of the profound experience of the consortium and in a multi-actor approach with stakeholders. Further investigation actions include the creation of new breeding tools and strategies towards better crop varieties (WP3), the identification and optimization of appropriate agronomic practices with limited input requirements (WP4) and the development of suitable harvesting strategies and logistics to optimise the biomass supply-chains (WP5). The impact of MAGIC will be maximized by integrating sustainability aspects (covering environment, society and economy) of the value chains (WP6). Success stories of industrial crops in EU regions will be analysed addressing technical, environmental, economic and social issues to produce policy recommendations and best-practice guidelines for their promotion at local/regional level (WP7). The project results, database, maps and the DSS tool will be used as dissemination tools to increase farmers’ awareness and establish strong links with EIP AGRI (WP8).