Swedish Univeristy of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden
Nordic Genetic Resource center (NordGen), Sweden
Lantmännen Lantbruk, Sweden
SW Seed, Latvia
Lithuanian Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry, Lithuania
Aarhus University, Denmark
University of Helsinki, Finland
Estonia Crop Research Institute, Estonia
Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, Poland
BalticWheat network is established by participants from 10 organizations in 7 countries with an overall goal of identifying new possibilities for promoting sustainable wheat production in the Baltic Sea region. The network is funded by the Swedish Institute and is coordinated by Dr. Aakash Chawade at the Department of Plant Breeding, SLU.
The aim of this network is to identify solutions for reducing the use of fertilizers and pesticides in the wheat cultivation system. Wheat is the biggest cereal crop in the Baltic Sea Region states and efficient agriculture practices in wheat cultivation will have a positive impact on the Baltic Sea region environment. The overarching long term goal of the BalticWheat network is to identify solutions to reduce the reliance on fertilizers and pesticides in wheat cultivation.
The project will identify and evaluate various alternative solutions both at the pre-breeding and at farm management levels.
Possible solutions to be discussed are:
- Increasing genetic diversity in wheat for improved nutrient use efficiency (NUE) and higher disease resistance;
- Diversifying agroecological systems using mixed cropping systems and efficient crop rotations;
- Speeding up plant breeding by using next generation breeding techniques and high-throughput phenotyping;
- Evaluating management practices for fungicide resistance in wheat pathogens.
Kickoff meeting in Malmö on 12-13th October. Program and the participant list can be found here.