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Enhancing of legumes growing in Europe through sustainable cropping for protein supply for food und feed (EUROLEGUME)

Source of funding


Scientific leader

Ina Alsiņa

Project webpage




675 890 EUR

Project description

Despite the considerable importance of legumes to both agriculture and pristine ecosystems, key gaps in knowledge remain. The research within the framework of EUROLEGUME will be directed to improvements in yield parameters, biotic and abiotic stress resistance, nitrogen fixation (in plants and in soil), and nutritional value in sustainable legume (faba beans, peas, cowpea) cultivation systems in Europe by introducing new genotypes from different geographical regions and by exploiting/introducing available genetic resources in active cropping systems, using both molecular technologies and evaluating the influence of legumes on the following crops in rotation and as intercrops in situ.

Overall objective of the project is to improve the sustainable production of leguminous crops and their multipurpose use in a changing climate, ensuring new varieties and new food and feed products, broadening the production area and thus turning EU more competitive and sustainable. 

Project partners

  • University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) (lead partner)
  • Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (LBTU); Latvia
  • Horticultural Research Centre Pūre, Latvia
  • Valsts Priekuļu laukaugu selekcijas institūts, Latvia
  • BIOEFEKTS Ltd., Latvia
  • Estonian Crop Research Institute, Estonia
  • Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania
  • JTI - Institutet för jordbruks- och miljöteknik AB, Sweden,
  • Frescura sublime – Unipessoal Lda. (FRESCURA SUBLIME), Portugal
  • Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Spaina
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, Portugal
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
  • Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
  • Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research (Bioforsk), Norway
  • Norwegian Univerity of Life Sciences, Norway
  • Symbiom, s.r.o., Czech Republic.
  • KPRA sociedad cooperative, Spain
Submitted on: Wed, 12/04/2019 - 09:47