FACCE SURPLUS

Core Theme 2: Sustainable intensification of agriculture

Instrument: ERA-NET Cofund

Full title: Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems

Start-end date: 2016 - 2019

Website: http://projects.au.dk/faccesurplus/

No more waste in the new bioeconomy

The transition towards a European bioeconomy that utilizes all available biomass has already begun, according to the 15 member countries that started the FACCE ERA-NET Cofund SURPLUS’, an interdisciplinary programme on sustainable food- and non-food systems. The first bioplastic, biochemicals and building materials made from crop waste are now on the market. To support this new economy, SURPLUS started a first Call in 2015 (17 million euros). The consortium selected 14 projects., aimed at the increase of biomass production, new business cases and a sustainable integration of food- and non-food production.

Small-scale bio refining

The projects in the second Call (2017-2021) of this Cofund are aimed at developing small-scale bio refining. Researchers assess opportunities to valorize grass, chicory, barley straw, oat hulls or other crop waste, develop methods to breed the crops in such a way that the whole plant can be used, or develop technologies to extract useful molecules, or to fractionize plant materials. Others undertake economic analysis or life cycle analysis, and in that way help to find sales markets.

Biofuels from marginal lands

Other projects in the second Call are focused on bioenergy production. Bioenergy is a key element of the EU renewable strategy and exists at the interface of policies on agriculture/land use and energy generation. To avoid tension between food and fuel production, the research groups develop techniques for biomass production on marginal land. For example, the researchers from the project MISCOMAR evaluate the land suitability in Polen, Germany and the UK for Miscanthus cultivation, and develop concepts for sustainable integration of Miscanthus on farm and landscape levels.

 


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Knowledge Hub FACCE MACSUR
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No more waste in the new bioeconomy
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Nature-friendly farming
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Nutrition security requires a system approach
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Improving policy interventions to ensure food and nutrition security
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Precision agriculture requires co-creation in networks
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Novel techniques in crop breeding and livestock
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Improving agricultural soil management
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Adaption of agriculture systems
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Sustainable crop systems that require fewer chemicals
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Combatting water shortages and pollution
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A sustainable and climate-resilient agri-food system
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Connecting Research to Policy and Practice
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Valorisation workshops
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Knowledge Network on Sustainable Intensification (KNSI)
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Monitoring and mitigating of greenhouse gases
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Reducing agricultural GHG emissions is a challenge
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Urban farms have enormous potential to increase (urban) food security