SolACE's overarching goal is to help European agriculture facing the challenge to deal with more frequent combined limitations of water and nutrients in the coming decades, through the design of novel crop genotypes and agroecosystem management innovations to improve water and nutrient (i.e. N and P) use efficiency.
To achieve this goal, SolACE will focus its activities on three major European crops - potato, bread and durum wheat - and will identify 1) optimum combinations of above- and below-ground traits for improving resource use efficiency; 2) best-performing genotypes under combined water and N or P stresses; and 3) novel practices that make better use of plant-plant and plant-microbe interactions to access water, N and P resources in conventional, organic and conservation agriculture.
SolACE has 25 partners in 14 European countries. SLU is engaged in tasks about evaluating pre-crop effects of different grain legumes for N delivery to bread wheat (winter wheat), and about on-farm evaluation of selected wheat varieties and innovative management practices for enhanced N use efficiency.
Project website: www.solace-eu.net