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PANACEA Network

What is it about?

PANACEA Network aims at the dissemination of near to practice applicable cases of Non-food Crops and at the cooperation between research, industry and farming community, in order to increase the contribution of Non-food Crops to the European Bio-economy Strategy.

Non-food crops (NFC) are those that do not enter the food chains and are used to produce a wide range of bio-based products including polymers, lubricants, construction materials, pharmaceuticals, as well as bioenergy and fuels. Currently, a wide range of NFC plantations can be found in Europe, targeting the production of bio-based products and bioenergy.

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CENTER FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES (CRES)

4CE-MED

What is it about?

4CE-MED project aims at developing Mediterranean innovative, diversified and resilient farming systems not competing for land with actual food chain, following a participatory approach for identifying smallholder needs, while planning, monitoring and evaluating the project actions. The 4CE-MED systems are modified conventional farming systems including camelina, a promising oilseed crop for Europe, as a cash cover crop which might increase farmers’ revenue while enhancing soil and water conservation.

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ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITÀ DI BOLOGNA

MAGIC

What is it about?

This 4-year project aims at promoting the sustainable development of resource-efficient and economically profitable industrial crops grown on marginal lands, considering that industrial crops can provide valuable resources for high added value products and bioenergy. To achieve the project objective, an up-to-date database of existing resource-efficient industrial crops will be developed with information on their agronomic characteristics, input requirements, yield performance and quality traits for end-use applications.

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CENTER FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES (CRES)

Argento

Argento

What is it about?

In the actual scenario of lack of vegetable raw materials for animal feeding and scarcity of crop alternatives for farmers, the rationale behind Argento project is a win-win story. Camelina represents an alternative oilcrop to be introduced into cereal-based cropping systems, able to grow with low environmental footprint and to source valuable seed cake for poultry feeding (i.e. quails) to produce healthy meat and eggs.

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ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITÀ DI BOLOGNA

ADAPT – Developing heat and drought stress tolerant potatoes

What is it about?

Our main goal is to enable a better strategic planning that includes a measure of flexibility for the airspace users.

  • A data driven approach to strategic planning: ADAPT develops strategic and tactical models to predict volume, flexibility and complexity of traffic demand across Europe using a data driven approach.
  • Network wide and flight centric assessment: ADAPT aims at develop data driven models for predicting, at strategic horizons, the traffic demand across Europe. We will assess the models both from a network and from a flight centric perspective.
  • From complex results to meaningful visualization: By constantly involving the stakeholders we will explore the real operational benefits. The results of our models will be conveyed in the most meaningful way to our users and an ADAPT demo will be developed for the end of the project.

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Markus Teige

Camelina Oil for Sustainable Salmon Aquafeed

What is it about?

Seafood is a major source in the human diet of Omega 3 long-chain poly unsaturated fatty acids -such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)- , which plays a very important role in human health.
Fish oil is a vital strategic ingredient for farmed fish and crustaceans, since it provides the required quantities of Omega 3 fatty acids, especially at the critical growth stages.

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CAMELINA COMPANY ESPANA S.L.

Improving Camelina seed oil production by modulating mucilage synthesis – CASOM

What is it about?

Camelina is emerging as an alternative oilseed crop due to its resistance to adverse growth conditions and the quality of its oil for nutrition or biofuel production. Camelina oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and in particular omega-3 fatty acids that are renowned for their health benefits.

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Madame Helen NORTH (INRA Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin)

COSMOS, adding value to camelina and crambe oil

What is it about?

This 4.5-year project aims at reducing the dependence of Europe’s oleochemical industry on imported plant oils by turning camelina and crambe into profitable, sustainable, multipurpose, non-transgenic European oil crops.

The European oleochemical industry currently relies on imported coconut and palm kernel oils and fatty acids and on castor oil as sources for medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA, C10–C14) and medium-chain polymer building blocks. These are needed for the production of plastics, surfactants, detergents, lubricants, plasticisers and other products.

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Dr. Rolf Blaauw. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research