Final meeting ERA-NET Plus on Climate Smart Agriculture

The final meeting of FACCE ERA-NET Plus on Climate Smart Agriculture will take place in Paris, France on 22 and 23 March 2018. The ERA-NET Plus action "Climate Smart Agriculture: Adaptation of agricultural systems in Europe", cofunded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, addressed adaptation of European agriculture to climate change in its broad sense. 24 Funding agencies from 18 different countries (Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands (EZ-DAK and NWO) and United Kingdom) participated in a call which aimed to promote pan-European research on Climate Smart Agriculture. Four topics were highlighted as key to advancing research in this area: 

  • genetics and breeding of animals and plants to increase resilience to climate change
  • pests and diseases linked to climate and posing significant risks
  • adaptive management of water and soil resources and
  • options for adapting agricultural systems.

The call was published on 1 October 2013. On 1 July 2014, 11 projects were selected for funding (see underneath). All projects started between October 2014 and February 2015 and ran for 3 years.

Funders and principle investigators of the projects are invited to the final meeting. From the Netherlands, Christine Bunthof will attend this meeting.

Contact: christine.bunthof@wur.nl of the FACCE-JPI Secretariat

Overview funded projects:
Climate-CAFE: Climate Change Adaptability of cropping and Farming systems for Europe (NL consortium partners: WUR, Nutrient Management Institute, and Louis Bolk Institute)
CINDERELLA: Comparative analysis, INtegration anD ExemplaRy implEmentation of cLimate smart LAnd use practices on organic soils: Progressing paludicultures after centuries of peatland destruction and neglect (NL consortium partner: Radboud University Nijmegen) GENOMITE: New generation sustainable tools to control emerging mite pests under climate change (NL consortium partner: University of Amsterdam)
ClimBar: An integrated approach to evaluate and utilise genetic diversity for breeding climate-resilient barley
ClimGen: Climate Genomics for farm animal adaptation
CAOS: Climate-Smart Agriculture on Organic Soils (NL consortium partner: WUR)
OptiBarn: Optimized animal-specific barn climatization facing temperature rise and increased climate variability
SYBRACLIM: Securing yield stability of Brassica crops in changing climate conditions
GreenRice: Sustainable and environmental friendly rice cultivation systems in Europe
GrassLandscape: Bridging landscape genomics and quantitative genetics for a regional adaptation of European grasslands to climate change
MODCARBOSTRESS: Improving models and plant phenotyping pipelines for a smart agriculture under abiotic stress combination and elevated CO2 (NL consortium partner: WUR)

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