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Commission Européenne (CORDIS) 2004

PERMED Native perennial forage plants for sustainability of farming systems in the Western Mediterranean

Perennial Forage

CORDIS (Service Communautaire d’Information sur la Recherche et le Développement) Commission Européenne

Titre : PERMED Native perennial forage plants for sustainability of farming systems in the Western Mediterranean

Région : Méditerranée

Code du projet : 509140 FP6-INCO

Durée : 2004-10-01 to 2009-05-31

Objectifs
The amount of water available to agriculture in the Mediterranean is declining because of increasing population pressure and greater incidence of drought. Therefore, the efficiency of the use of water for agricultural production must be maximized, and in this context perennial forage species have a number of advantages in comparison to the predominantly used annuals. They can utilize water throughout the whole year besides being able to halt rangeland degradation, restore soil fertility and enhance forage production, thereby contributing to greater sustainability of rainfed agricultural systems in the southern European Union and North Africa. Despite these advantages, the small size of individual national markets has so far worked against the development of a viable forage industry based on perennials. Therefore, by adopting a multi-national approach and targeting the key breeding objectives of superior drought resistance and water use efficiency (WUE), this project aims to produce commercially viable cultivars of a select number of species of broad regional interest and adaptation. Ten partners from southern Europe and North Africa will combine to work on species including lucerne, cocksfoot, tall fescue and sulla to enhance cultivar development across environments ranging from the subhumid to arid. Complementary Workpackages will complete North African forage germplasm collection and evaluation, assess the use of molecular genetics in breeding of drought resistant lucerne, evaluate elite forage populations across the region for high WUE and adaptation to drought as bases for new cultivars, enhance knowledge of physiological trait s for drought survival and WUE, and determine optimal use of perennial forages in representative farming systems. Their results will contribute to the development of technical packages

Participants au projet
Coordinateur : INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (France)
Participants : INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE D’ALGERIE Algeria ; INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE. Morocco ; INSTITUT DES REGIONS ARIDES Tunisia ; CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE Italy ; INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE RECURSOS BIOLOGICOS (INRB) Portugal ; UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA Spain ; INSTITUTION DE RECHERCHE ET D’ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR AGRONOMIQUE, POLE REGIONAL DE RECHERCHE-DEVELOPPEMENT DE KEF Tunisia ; UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS Spain CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA E LA SPERIMENTAZIONE IN AGRICOLTURA Italy

Présentation : Commission Européenne

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