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Projects in area: GRASSLAND

Development of ryegrass allele-specific (GRASP) markers for sustainable grassland improvement
GRASP - (QLRT-2001-00862)
The purpose of this project is to fill the current gap that exists between knowledge on plant gene functions and their commercial application. Bridging this gap, by using the allelic selection tools to be developed within this project, will lead to efficient plant breeding of highly improved, non-GMO crop plants. Once developed, the SNP markers will ... More (full abstract).
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ARABLE CROPS, BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
Human interactions with the mountain birch forest ecosystem: Implications for sustainable development
HIBECO - (QLRT-1999-01515)
Mountain birch (Betula pubescens ssp.czerepanovii) is the dominant tree species in northern Fennoscandia and in the North Atlantic region in Europe, and has been used for centuries in agroforestry practices. Previous studies suggest that the mountain birch ecosystem has been under pressure through intensive grazing by herbivores, and ever-increasing ... More (full abstract).
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ARABLE CROPS, FORESTRY, CAP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Improving sustainability of milk production systems in the European Union through increasing reliance on grazed pasture
GRAZEMORE - (QLRT-2000-02111)
Milk production systems, based on a high reliance on grazed herbage, offer a number of economic, animal welfare and environmental benefits. In order to increase uptake of such systems within the European Union, this proposal brings together expertise from five Member States within the EU to develop and validate European grass growth and herbage intake ... More (full abstract).
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FOOD, ANIMALS, CAP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Low input animal production based on forage legumes for grazing systems
LEGGRAZE - (QLRT-2000-02328)
Some grazing systems used in Europe are of grass swards heavily fertilised with nitrogen. The purpose of this project is to investigate legume-based swards as an alternative. Integrated investigations will take place in four countries and the consortium's five partners have complementary skills and facilities in the areas of agronomy, animal production, ... More (full abstract).
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ARABLE CROPS, SOIL
Integrating foraging attributes of domestic livestock breeds into sustainable systems for grassland biodiversity and wider countryside benefit
FORBIOBEN - (QLRT-1999-30130)
The purpose of this project is to identify sustainable grazing management practices for maintaining and enhancing biodiverse grasslands. The effects of the management system (targeted at production or at biodiversity) and animal breed (commercial or rustic) on the botanical, structural and invertebrate biodiversity will be quantified and the socio-economic ... More (full abstract).
Also classified in
ANIMALS, CAP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT, BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, PLANT EXTRACTS
Ensiling and grazing of energy-rich grasses with elevated sugar contents for the sustainable production of ruminant livestock
SWEETGRASS - (QLRT-1999-30498)
The project aims to provide a sound scientific basis for using novel grasses, bred for high sugar content using conventional breeding methods, in grassland-based agriculture. At certain times of the year, these grasses contain up to 400g sugar per kilo. It is proposed to use these grasses, both grazed and ensiled, on their own and in combination with ... More (full abstract).
Also classified in
ANIMALS, CEREALS, NON-FOOD PRODUCTS, CAP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Improving germplasm conservating methods for perennial European forage species
ICONFORS - (QLRT-1999-30621)
There is an urgent need to regenerate seed stocks of conserved germplasm of European forage grasses and legumes, but a lack of knowledge has prevented development of an agreed economically and genetically effective protocol. This project will obtain the knowledge required and will use it to establish such a protocol. Using a multidisciplinary approach ... More (full abstract).
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ARABLE CROPS, BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES AND MODELLING
Sustainable grasslands withstanding environmental stresses
SAGES - (QLRT-1999-30764)
Perennial grasslands occupy 40% of land used by the European Union for agriculture, but all high quality forage grasses lack stress resistance. The project coordinates multidisciplinary groups to combine traditional and novel techniques to develop the means for breeding precisely targeted traits. New robust grass varieties will be created, which will ... More (full abstract).
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CAP AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Tools for evaluating investment in the Mediterranean mountain areas - An integrated framework for sustainable development
MEDMONT - (QLRT-1999-31031)
There is no integrated framework currently available that evaluates multiple impacts of investment projects in the context of sustainable development for the mountainous Mediterranean areas. This framework will integrate tools (indicators) through a natural resource base and capability evaluation for forestry, grazing, agriculture, wildlife, tourism ... More (full abstract).
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FORESTRY, SOIL
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