SolACE press release: Helping European agriculture to tackle water and nutrient limitations: New European project started

An ambitious 5-year project for the future of European agriculture – SolACE – was given an exciting start earlier this year. SolACE, which is funded under the European Union’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, will generate solutions that combine novel crop varieties and management inno¬vations to improve water and nutrient use efficiency across Europe.


(Montpellier, September 21 2017) European agriculture is challenged by the need to produce more crops. At the same time, it must deal with the reduced availability of fertilisers, in particular nitrogen and phosphorus, combined with reduced or more variable rainfall, and thus reduced water availability. In this context, the SolACE project will identify and test novel solutions to ensure optimum crop productivity under combined water and nutrient stress.

SolACE will use a wide range of approaches such as on-farm experiments, field trials at experimental stations, and phenotyping platforms throughout the project.
The findings of SolACE will be disseminated to a range of stakeholders, including farmers and policymakers. The project will promote the engagement of a broad range of stakeholders through a stakeholder forum and stakeholder events, the first one took place this summer.

The SoLACE project, which will run from May 2017 to April 2022, brings together a consortium of 25 partners from 14 European countries. Partners include farmers and farmers’ organisations, advisory services, cooperatives, logistics providers, scientists, industry professionals, and representatives of civil society and rural areas.
SolACE is coordinated by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA).

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Dr. Philippe Hinsinger
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique INRA
UMR Eco&Sols,
2 place Viala
34060 Montpellier Cedex 2

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Agrobiota, Germany Agroscope - Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Switzerland AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria ARVALIS - Institut du végétal, France CONCER - CON.CER Societa Cooperativa Agricola, Italy CREA - Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Italy DCM - De Ceuster Meststoffen NV, Belgium ECAF - European Conservation Agriculture Federation, Spain FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland INRA - French National Institute for Agricultural Research, France IT - INRA Transfert, France JHI - James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom KU - University of Copenhagen, Denmark LEAF - Linking Environment And Farming, United Kingdom ÖMKi - Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Hungary SOLYNTA - Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Het Idee, The Netherlands SP - Sourcon Padena GmbH, Germany SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden SU - Sabancı University, Turkey SYNGENTA, France UCL - Université catholique de Louvain, France UE - University of Évora, Portugal UHO - University of Hohenheim, Germany UNEW - University of Newcastle – United Kingdom UPM - Technical University of Madrid - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

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The project SolACE - "Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use" is supported by the European Union's HORIZON 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no 727247 and by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) under contract number 17.00094.The opinions expressed and arguments employed in this press release do not necessarily reflect the official views of the European Commission and the Swiss government. Neither the European Commission/SERI nor any person acting behalf of the Commission/SERI is responsible for the use, which might be made of the information provided in this press release.