Redesigning European cropping systems based on species MIXtures

Project: Research

Description

The goal of ReMIX is to exploit the benefits of species mixtures to design productive, diversified, resilient and environmentally friendly agro-ecological cropping systems less dependent on external inputs than current systems and acceptable to farmers and actors in the agri-food chain. Species mixtures - also known as intercrops, crop associations or ‘plant teams’- can enhance water and nutrient use efficiency and improve the control of pests, diseases and weeds, while increasing crop productivity and resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses, including those triggered by climate change. Species mixtures can lead to reduced use of fossil energy and chemical inputs and enhance production of ecosystem services. The project aims to increase the productivity and yield stability of arable crops and improve their adaptability to increasingly variable environments by the use of species mixtures, both in conventional and organic agriculture and under diverse pedo-climatic conditions. ReMIX will follow a multi-actor approach involving a wide range of actors throughout the project lifetime in order to efficiently tackle end-users’ practical questions and propose ready-to-use feasible, practical solutions.
AcronymReMIX
StatusActive
Effective start/end date01/05/201730/04/2021

Keywords

  • intercropping
  • innovation
  • agriculture
  • transition
  • participatory design