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Sustainable production of plant-derived indigo

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-30962
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-10-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 3,587,682 EUR
EC Contribution: 2,808,469 EUR
Scientific Officer: Ciaran MANGAN
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Plant Systems

Abstract:
The project aims to introduce indigo-producing crops into European agriculture, to the long-term benefit of the rural sector and the environment. The current European market for indigo, supplied entirely by the synthetic product, amounts to 8,000 tonnes p.a.. By 2005, the project's objective is that at least 5% of the European market is met by natural indigo with a purity of >90%, grown on 20,000 hectares providing the rural sector with an income of at least 320 million euros p.a. The project will provide: seeds and an agronomic blueprint for farmers; identify among three different crops which are best for the different European regions; on-farm technologies for indigo extraction and purification; DIN dyeing standards for the product, and an environmental impact assessment. The multidisciplinary team is vertically integrated, drawing on leading academic and commercial (SME) players from the whole production chain.


Coordinator
Philip JOHN
The University of Reading
Reading
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 118 931 8098
Fax: +44 118 931 6577
E-mail: p.john@reading.ac.uk


Partners
  Mike HOBBS
The University of Bristol
Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1179 288317
Fax: +44 1179 250900
E-mail: mike.hobbs@bristol.ac.uk
  Gerhard BREITSCHUH
Thüringer Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft
Donburg
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 3641 683140
Fax: +49 3641 683390
E-mail: postmaster@TLLJena.thlv.de
  Ulla EGGERS
LIVOS Pflanzenchemie Forschungs- und Entwicklungs-GmbH & Co.KG
Wieren
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 5825 8825
Fax: +49 5825 8860
E-mail: livos@t-online.de
  Robert BATESON
Gorham & Bateson (Agriculture) Limited
Downham Market
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1366 389200
Fax: +44 1366 388414
E-mail: info@gb-agriculture.co.uk
  Peter HAMMOND
Express Separations LTD
Leeds
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1132 336529
Fax: +44 1132 336490
E-mail: p.j.hammond@chem.leeds.ac.uk
  Esko POUTIAINENE
Agricultural Research Centre of Finland
Jokioinen
FINLAND
Tel.: +358 341881
Fax: +358 341882222
E-mail: esko.poutiainen@mtt.fi
  Antonino ONNIS
University of Pisa-Dipartimento di Agronomia e Gestione dell'agrocosistema
Pisa
ITALY
Tel.: +39 050 599111
Fax: +39 050540633
E-mail: dipagro@agr.unipi.it
  Francisco TOMAS VERT
Universitat de Valencia (Estudi General)
Burjasot-Valencia
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 963864109
Fax: +34 963983021
E-mail: vicerec.investigacio@uv.es
  Luis JUAREZ ARGENTE
Fundacion Cultural y de Promocion Social Caja Rural Valencia
Paiporta (Valencia)
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 963973376
Fax: +34 963974326
E-mail: fundacion.3082@cajarural.com