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|ABSTRESS||Improving the resistance of legume crops to combined abiotic and biotic stress||Legumes, pea, fusarium, drought, plant signalling||site||2012-01-01||2016-12-31||Adrian Charton||Adrian Charton (ABSTRESS@fera.co.uk)||FERA (UK)||Agritec (Czech Rep), Agrovegetal (Spain), Arterra (Italy), BTG (Itlay), CNRS (France), CSIC (Spain), FERA (UK), GenXPro (Germany), INRA (France), NAIK (Hungary), PGRO (UK), UAber (UK), UESSEX (UK),||International projects [≥ 3 years]||European Union, FP7-KBBE-2011-5-289562||ABSTRESS was a five-year project set to revolutionise the way in which new plant varieties are produced. It was led by The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) and involves 12 national and international partners. The aim of the project was to use state-of-the-art plant breeding and genetic tools to produce crops with greater drought and/or disease tolerance. The focus of the project was be legumes, but the principles developed will also be demonstrated in other crops such as tomato.
Legume crops are essential for the future of European agriculture. EU grown legumes have a key role as a sustainable source of protein in both human and animal diets. Importantly, European crops such as peas (Pisum sativum) can replace imported soybeans, which currently represent over 75% of feedstock protein in the EU.
Legumes don’t require, and reduce the need in other crops, for nitrogen fertilisers which are a major source of greenhouse gases and farm energy consumption.
Currently the yield of legume crops is severely undermined by both drought and fungal infection (Fusarium oxysporum). Fusarium is a soil borne pathogen that causes a disease which wilts infected plants. The damage it causes is compounded during drought conditions. The prevalence of this economically devastating fungal disease is predicted to increase due to climate change.
Aims of Abstress
- To develop crops that have increased resistance to drought (abiotic) and Fusarium (biotic) stress and still produce a good yield. This is important in ensuring future food security, whilst mitigating the effects of climate change.
- Significantly reduce the time taken to breed new crop varieties that are more able to withstand the challenges commonly associated with climate change, such as extreme weather and changing incidence of pests and diseases.
- Improve the accessibility of modern breeding techniques within the European Union and in association with partners across the world.
|DARI||Seed yield stability of new Desi type chickpea genotypes across environments||Drought tolerance, Participatory Variety Selection (PVS), Variety release||site||2017-01-01||2021-01-01||Homayoun Kanouni||Homayoun Kanouni (firstname.lastname@example.org)||DARI (Iran)||DARI(Iran), ICRISAT(India)||National projects [≥ 3 years]||state funding||Evaluation of Desi type chickpea landraces in order to select high yielding and drought tolerant genotypes and release new cultivars.|
|DemoNetErBo||Establishment of a knowledge transfer network for cultivation and utilisation of field peas and field beans in Germany||Pisum sativum, Vicia faba, network, value chains||site||2016-01-01||2020-12-31||Ulrich Quendt||Ulrich Quendt (email@example.com)||Landesbetrieb Landwirtschaft Hessen (LLH)||Federal States, University Soest, University Hamburg, Naturland, Bioland||National projects [≥ 3 years]||German Federal Ministery of Food and Agriculture under the Federal Protein Crop Strategy||Network with 75 conventional as well as organic farmers for knowledge transfer. Building up of value chains for feed and food spanning all levels from breeding until the usage by the comsumer.|
|EUFABA||Faba bean breeding is sustainable agriculture||Vicia faba, quality, yield, adaptation, disease resistance, drought tolerance, winter hardiness, marker assisted selection||site||2003-01-01||2005-12-31||Diego Rubiales||Diego Rubiales (firstname.lastname@example.org)||CSIC||Agritec (Czech Rep), Agrovegetal (Spain), CSIC (Spain), DGBB (Italy), GIE-feverole (France), Gleisdorf (Austria), INRA (France), JPIB (estonia), NPZ (Germany), Toft (Denmark), UCO (Spain), UNIGOE (Germany), UoW (UK),||International projects [≥ 3 years]||European Union, FP5, QLK5-CT-2002-02307||This joint European initiative evaluated currently and previously grown faba bean varieties for characteristics of importance to sustainable agriculture and applied novel methods of marker-assisted genetic improvement to construct enhanced faba bean genotypes.
Priority was be given to the combination of increased yield, digestibility, nutritional quality and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, thus allowing for the production of a leguminous crop of high value in European crop rotations of low input and stable yields.
Since the climatological conditions, farming systems and importance of abiotic and biotic constraints vary from one area to another, different ideotypes were designed for specific European regions.
This was be achieved by:
(i) Evaluation of current and historic faba bean varieties for characteristics of importance to sustainable agriculture in order to define the desired phenotypes suitable for each European area
(ii) Development of new and reliable screening methods for the most relevant biotic stresses in order to identify new sources of resistance and characterise the resistance mechanisms.
(iii) Identification and study of the inheritance of frost resistance, winter hardiness and drought tolerance in multilocation field trials and laboratory experiments.
(iv) Development of fast and cheap screening methods for anti-nutritional factors (tannins and vicine-convicine) in order to identify lines of interest with high protein content, free of anti-nutritional compounds
(v) Development of molecular maps in RILs populations of Vicia faba in order to locate genes and QTLs controlling resistance, nutritional factors and other yield components.
|EXTRULEG||Development of legumes and cereals based extruded products foods fortified with dietary fiber. Nutritional impact. Prevention of childhood overweight and obesity.||extrusion, snacks, pasta, gluten-free, bioactive compounds, pea bean||2013-05-01||2017-08-30||Mercedes Martín Pedrosa||Mercedes Martin Pedrosa (email@example.com)||INIA (Spain)||CSIC (Spain); IRTA (Spain)||National projects [≥ 3 years]||Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness||Despite the progress toward assuring the health of today’s young population, the twenty-first century began with an epidemic of childhood obesity. The FAO / WHO warns that Spain is the country with the highest rates of obesity among European preadolescent (7-11 years) and ranks second in the group between 14-17 years. There is a general agreement that preventing obesity in childhood is the key to addressing the global obesity epidemic. So, the development of targeted food to children, particularly those with overweight or obesity, is an area with great interest. These foods should contribute to a lower energy intake, changing its composition and / or producing a greater sense of satiety. Legumes are a good source of dietary fiber and bioactive compounds (phytochemicals). The epidemiological data shows the benefits of legume consumption on human health such as in the prevention and / or treatment of some chronic diseases as type 2 diabetes or hypercholesterolemia. The extrusion/cooking is a versatile technology (HTST) that transforms different raw materials in food products cooked, stable, with a clear improvement of their attributes such as texture and flavor. Because of its great flexibility is used in the food industry to produce cereal, pastries, cakes, pasta, etc.|
|FABA-SHAPE||Unveiling the Origins of the Faba Bean by means of Shape and Stable Carbon Isotope Analyses of Archaeological Remains||Vicia faba, origin, domestication, dispersion in Eurasia, archaeobotany||site||2019-02-01||2021-04-30||Valentina Caracutafirstname.lastname@example.org||ISEM (France)||CNRS||International projects [≥ 3 years]||European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE grant (N.792373)||Among these early food crops, the faba bean played a major role because it has one of the longest established traditions of cultivation, having been domesticated more than ten thousand years ago, and is a staple resource in many countries. The thousands of faba beans that are preserved in archaeological contexts from prehistory to the pre-modern era attest to faba’s importance to early sedentary communities.
Despite its importance, little is known about the faba bean’s origins. All living varieties are fully domesticated and no wild representatives of this species or any closely related species have been found. One way to solve the enigma of the faba bean’s origins is to look at the archaeological remains found in the prehistoric villages where hunter-gatherers and early farmers settled and to search for clues to the legume’s original geographical distribution, the ecological requirements of its pre-domesticated forms and the changes induced by geographical isolation and human selection. Tracing the spread of the faba bean from its original centers of domestication is crucial to understanding the impact of adaptation to new ecological settings on morphometric and, indirectly, genetic traits.
The information obtained as a result of this project will serve as a basis for agronomists and plant breeders seeking to search the genome of primitive landraces for useful mutations that can improve the resistance of the faba bean to drought and pests. More stable yields will reduce the risk of famine for human communities who depend on faba beans for their subsistence.
|LeGeReTe||LEgume GEnetic REsources as a tool for the development of innovative and sustainable food TEchnological system.||Legume Genetic Resources, chemical composition, nutritional characterization, legume flours, in-vivo healthy assessment, Legume based foods, bakery products, protein concentrate from legume, LCA.||2017-01-01||2020-09-01||Carmine Summo and Riccardo Guidetti||Carmine Summo (email@example.com)||UNIBA and UNIMI (Italy)||UNIBA, UNIMI, UNIFG,||International projects [≥ 3 years]||Agropolis fondation, Fondazione Cariplo and Fondation Daniel & Nina Carasso Fondation||The goals of the project proposal are: (i) the identification and valorization of genotypes with high agronomical, technological, and nutritional value; (ii) the evaluation of the selected genotypes for their potentially beneficial effects on human health; (iii) the development of technological applications of the selected genotypes through the development of innovative legume-based foods with high service value, able to induce the increase of legume consumption; (iv) the research of possible applications of legume flours and protein extracts as food ingredients or additives. In particular, a germplasm collection of about 400 accessions of different legume species (chickpea, pea, faba bean and lentil), have been subjected to a first mild selection derive from general information on accessions (including origin and importance in local economy) and their evaluation in field trials, based on general agronomic traits and suitability to low-input sustainable agricultural systems. Patterns of genetic diversity in these accessions have been detected by means of microsatellite markers and genotyping-by-sequencing, a cutting-edge technology for the detection of DNA polymorphisms (Elshire et al., 2011). This is meant to carry out a second selection on the accessions, aimed to bring to the next stage those representing most of the genetic diversity. Information on the genetic diversity have been merged with phenotypic screenings addressed to the characterization of germplasm with respect to technological properties, chemical composition and nutritional aspects, in order to detect genomic region and alleles underlying traits of interest to reach the project goals. 200 selected accessions have been characterized in term of chemical, nutritional and technological properties of the flours and protein extracts and, on the accessions characterized by high nutritional values, the assessment of the potential beneficial effect by “in vitro” and "in vivo" approaches have been also carried out. On the base of the chemical, nutritional, heathy and technological properties, technological applications through the development of innovative legume-based foods with high service value and the research of possible applications of legume flours and protein extracts as food ingredients or additives have been carried out. The possibility to use legumes in the production of several food types, as main but not exclusive ingredient, can improve the nutritional profile of legumes. In the formulation of ready-to-eat or ready-to-cook legume-based products the mix of legumes and cereals, which have different limiting amino acids, have been chosen (Summo et al., 2016). All the proposed solution will be objectively evaluated by means of specific environmental and economic indicators (through LCA, LCC and other methods) as regards their real transferability and their contribute to the sustainability of the system.|
|LegValue||Fostering sustainable legume-based farming systems and agri-feed and food chains in the EU||agronomy, value chain, market, ecophysiology, policies, transition path, feed food and processings||site||2018-06-01||2021-05-31||Frederic Muelfirstname.lastname@example.org||Terres Inovia||INRA (France), University of Bologna (Italy), Wageningen Research (The Netherlands), Fachhochschule Südwestfalen (Germany), PGRO Research Limited (UK), INRA Transfert (France), Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (Switzerland), Wageningen University (The Netherlands), Universität Hamburg (Germany), Chambre Régionale d’Agriculture de Normandie (France), Institut für Lebensmittel- und Umweltforschung eV (Germany), VALOREX SAS (France), AICF Agro Inovação (Portugal), Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária (Portugal), Terres Univia (France), ADAS UK Limited (UK), Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre (Latvia), Roskilde Universitet (Denmark), Association de coordination technique pour l’industrie agroalimentaire (France), Scuola superiore di studi universitari e di perfezionamento Sant’Anna (Italy), Università di Pisa (Italy), Lietuvos agrariniu ir misku mokslucentras (Lithuania)||Large international project [≥ 3 years and ≥ 5M € budget]||5000000 €||The LegValue project, coordinated by Terres Inovia, aims to promote the development of sustainable and competitive agriculture, through agricultural systems based on legumes for animal and human consumption in the European Union.
To this end, the project will evaluate the agronomic, economic and environmental advantages of producing and using legumes, in both conventional and organic agriculture.
This is a very large European network, based on 24 farm networks and 31 sector case studies, including the subsistence, local and national value chains.
|LUPIN-CHALLENGE||Characterization of Lupin Beta-Conglutin Seed Proteins with a Focus on Health Benefits and their Role in Allergenicity||Lupin seed proteins, lupin seed nutraceuticals, conglutin proteins, health benefits, Functional Foods, lupin seed allergen proteins, food allergy, lupin molecular allergy, therapy and diagnosis||site||2012-08-01||2015-07-31||Jose C. Jimenez-Lopez||Jose C. Jimenez-Lopez (email@example.com)||CSIC (Spain)||Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), The University of Western Australia (UWA)||International projects [≥ 3 years]||FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IOF - Marie Curie Action||Diabetes and Obesity (Diabesity) is a growing worldwide epidemic, with more than 285 million people suffering this disease in the world, and is difficult to eradicate due to increasing unhealthy lifestyles.
Lupins, and in particular, Lupinus angustifolius (L.), also known as narrow-leaf lupin (NLL), are getting more and more recognition for multiple benefits, since lupin grains are a potential human health food, with specific nutritional attributes, highly beneficial for agriculture, and also with important pharmaceutical attributes.
As is the case for many legumes, seed proteins from lupin species can potentially contribute to food allergy. The prevalence of food allergies varies by country, but the highest is among young children between 0-14 years old, affecting over a quarter (26%) of the world’s population.
NLL seed storage proteins (conglutins) are the major class of seed proteins in NLL and they will be analyzed using powerful plant reverse genetic and mouse genetic models (including mice genetically predisposed to obesity), to identify key proteins involved in health attributes of the lupin grain that lead to an increase to an increase in insulin sensitivity and/or reducing appetite. This project will gain in knowledge about the health beneficial attributes of NLL seed storage proteins, helping to develop strategies for diseases prevention by designing an alternative and more healthy and medical beneficial lupin-enriched foods for “Diabesity” treatment. In addition, the project will use different approaches to characterize the lupin conglutin proteins’ allergenic properties, and their role in food allergies and cross-reactivity with different food allergen proteins. The knowledge obtained will help to develop rationale strategies for allergy prevention, allergy diagnosis, and food allergy therapy improvement through diagnosis kits and vaccine development.
|MEDILEG||Breeding, agronomic and biotechnological approaches for reintegration and re-valorisation of legumes in Mediterranean agriculture||Chickpea, common bean, faba bean, lentil, pea, yield, biotic stresses, epidemiology, integrated pest management, marker-assisted selection||site||2012-08-01||2015-07-31||Diego Rubiales||Diego Rubiales (firstname.lastname@example.org)||CSIC||ARC (Egypt), CSIC (Spain), CRRGG (Tunisia), ENSA (Algeria), IAV (Morocco), INRA (France), INRAM (Morocco), INRAT (Tunisia), ITQB (Portugal), UNINA (Italy)||International projects [≥ 3 years]||FP7-ARIMNet||Medileg is a collaborative interdisciplinary initiative proposed to promote grain legume cultivation in Mediterranean countries. It includes biotechnologists, agronomists, plant breeders, crop physiologists, organic chemists and phytopathologists from Algeria, Egypt, France, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunis.
In this project, our main objective is to stabilize the yield and production of major food legume cultivars adapted to different pedoclimatic conditions encountered in the Mediterranean region. For this purpose, we will use a multidisciplinary, integrated and participatory research including biotechnology, plant breeding, plant physiology, organic chemistry and crop protection in order to identify the best food legume genotypes that can resist disease infection and tolerate drought and salinity and to propose appropriate agronomic practices that may help different grain legumes crops to resist better to this limiting factors.
|Proteine vegetali||Incremento delle produzioni di proteine vegetali per l’alimentazione zootecnica [Increase of feed protein production]||cropping systems, grain legumes, quality, perennial legumes, plant breeding, silage||site||2020-11-19||2020-12-31||Efisio Piano||Paolo Annicchiarico (email@example.com)||CREA||CNR, Univ. of Milan, Univ. of Turin, CRPA, ARSSA||National projects [≥ 3 years]||Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies||This project aimed to increase the production of feed and forage proteins for Italian crop-livestock systems through research actions targeting annual legumes (Lupinus albus, Lupinus angustifolius, Pisum sativum, Vicia faba) and perennial legumes (Medicago sativa, Trifolium subterraneaum, Lotus corniculatus, Trifolium repens, Onobrychis viciifolia) that aimed at (i) assessing the adaptation and feed quality of a large number of grain legume varieties, (ii) optimizing the adoption of species and varieties, and devising breeding strategies, as a function of the target cropping environment and crop utilization, (iii) evaluating genetic resources, (iv) exploring novel strategies for improving protein production and other traits of alfalfa, (v) optimizing the production of high-quality silage of annual legumes, and (vi) assessing the environmental and economic impact of introducing pea and alfalfa into intensive crop rotations.
Pea and white lupin among the feed grain legumes, and alfalfa and bird’s-foot-trefoil as rotationally-grazed crops, exhibited high potential interest for Italian environments. Pea harvested at the waxy stage displayed acceptable silage quality even without inoculation with lactic acid bacteria (unlike faba bean and white lupin), and showed various environmental advantages for intensive systems involving a following summer crop. The extent and pattern of genotype × environment interaction effects supported the breeding for wide adaptation to Italian environments in pea and for specific adaptation to subcontinental- and Mediterranean-climate areas in white lupin and faba bean. The multi-location evaluation of a global collection of white lupin landraces allowed to detect agronomically-outstanding genetic resources. Newly-bred lines of subterranean clover evaluated in Mediterranean-climate pastures exhibited greater forage yield and persistence than commercial varieties. An innovative alfalfa plant morphology with shorter internodes displayed increased forage protein content. Molecular, biochemical and physiological mechanisms affecting alfalfa leaf senescence and seed size were studied, obtaining transgenic material with delayed senescence.
|REFORMA||Resilient, water- and energy-efficient forage and feed crops for Mediterranean agricultural systems||drought tolerance, evolutionary breeding, farmer-participatory research, forage quality, genomic selection, grazing tolerance, intercropping, marker-assisted selection, Medicago sativa, Pisum sativum||site||2012-09-01||2016-12-31||Paolo Annicchiaricofirstname.lastname@example.org||CREA (Italy)||CNR (Italy), ENSA (Algeria), INRA (France), INRA (Morocco), INRAA (Algeria), IRA (Tunisia), Noble Foundation (USA)||International projects [≥ 3 years]||ERA-NET (ARIMNet)||Crop-livestock systems have huge economic importance in the Mediterranean basin, to satisfy the rising demand for animal products and to safeguard the economic stability of smallholders in the southern shore, and to produce typical animal products with high added-value in the northern shore. However, they are threatened by insufficient high-protein feedstuff, overexploitation of forage resources, increasing costs and decreasing availability of irrigation water and/or nitrogen fertilizers, and increasing drought and heat stress arising from climate change. Greater cultivation of stress-tolerant, legume-based crops could alleviate all of these constraints. REFORMA focused on field pea (for grain or forage) and alfalfa, with research work aimed at (i) developing innovative breeding methods based on genomic or marker-assisted selection and ecologically-based approaches, (ii) selecting stress-tolerant varieties, and (iii) optimizing legume-based crops.
REFORMA optimized a low-cost method of genotyping-by-sequencing characterization for alfalfa and pea and used it to predict genomically their breeding values for several traits. Cost-efficient genomic predictions could be obtained for (i) alfalfa forage yield in favourable or moderate-stress conditions in managed environments, withdrawn summer irrigation in Morocco, and over several stressful sites; (ii) key alfalfa forage quality traits; and (iii) pea grain yield and aerial biomass under severe drought. Also, REFORMA identified molecular markers and genomic areas associated with pea drought tolerance, alfalfa forage quality, alfalfa tolerance to severe sheep grazing, and alfalfa yield in pure stand and in mixture with forage grasses.
Both alfalfa and pea showed outstanding genotype × environment interaction for yield. That reinforced the need for selecting specific varieties for each country, while limiting the ability of environments managed with controlled water amounts to predict genotype yields in geographically distant drought-prone regions. However, managed environments were useful even for distant regions as a component of an evolutionary breeding scheme to selected drought-tolerant pea genotypes. Heat tolerance investigated for alfalfa revealed modest genetic variation.
Research in three countries confirmed the value of pea-based crops. Compared with two vetch species, pea was the only legume that combined high forage yield and farmers’ appreciation in pure stand, while displaying high yield, forage quality and farmers’ appreciation in intercropping. For alfalfa, mixtures with grasses (tall fescue alone or with cocksfoot) were high yielding, but farmers appreciated as well the alfalfa pure stand.
REFORMA selected stress-tolerant varieties of alfalfa and pea for different countries that will support the introduction of optimized alfalfa- and pea-based crops. The developed genome-based selection tools await future application on large numbers of new genotypes, to achieve further genetic progress.
|SURIVEG||Development of healthy and sustainable gels made of fish protein and legume flours||Vegan-Surimi, Mixed gels, bioactive compounds, functional properties, fish-pea-bean||2017-06-15||2020-12-30||Mercedes Martín Pedrosa||Mercedes Martín Pedrosa (email@example.com)||INIA (Spain)||ICTAN-CSIC (Spain)||National projects [≥ 3 years]||Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation||In recent years the basic concept of nutrition is undergoing significant changes, with special emphasis on foods that can improve our health, our well-being and reduce the risk of certain diseases. FAO recommends increasing consumption of vegetable protein in the diet (75%), including fortification strategies, to promote diverse and healthy diets. On the other hand FAO also warns that 80% of the world's fisheries are already depleted and their substitution is recommended.
From some years ago there is a group of food, mainly seafood analogs, which processing is based in the elaboration of gels from protein concentrates, mainly from undervaluated fish species (surimi). In order to attend the FAO suggestions, the present project aims to develop new type of gels, consisting largely of myofibrillar fish protein and protein-enriched flour legumes. Further, the components of legume would provide to the gels this important functional-nutritional character, due to the known healthy properties of these components. Therefore, the incorporation of these nutritional and bioactive compounds from legumes for making mixed gels, could represent an excellent opportunity considering health and environment sustainability criteria. The raw materials used will be surimi, minced fish muscle, bean and pea