"Legume-Cereal Intercropping for Sustainable Agriculture across Europe"

Intercropping enhances biodiversity, maximizes land productivity, and optimizes biogeochemical cycles in agroecosystems, but is lacking acceptance from European farmers.

The objective of the EU HORIZON-funded LEGUMINOSE project is to identify the obstacles to intercropping and enhance farmers’ acceptance by providing knowledge and demonstration sites that promote economic, environmental, and social benefits of legume-cereal intercropping.

To overcome barriers to intercropping implementation, LEGUMINOSE will establish a network of six field trials and farm labs in different pedo-climatic zones across Europe (IT, DE, DR, ES, PL, CZ, UK), Egypt, and Pakistan. Furthermore, the project will integrate remote sensing and crop modelling to survey fields, upscale the field-scale results, and create a web-based decision support system on intercropping.

The LEGUMINOSE project is structured in eight work packages (WPs) covering various aspects of intercropping systems from field and farm to value chain and society level.

The project consortium consists of 20 partners from 9 European countries. BOKU and TU Vienna lead the work package on developing Digital Tools (WP6).