Newsletter 17, January 2015 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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Inspirational ideas

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Did you know that acorns can be used to make delicious cookies? Or that their caps can be used to produce an excellent tanning agent for leather? The Greek island of Kea is home to an ancient, native oak forest where acorns are plentiful. The area has recently been affected by the economic crisis, and an initiative to move back to traditional acorn harvesting is currently boosting the local economy, protecting the forest and even helping to reduce soil erosion in Kea’s dry climate. Read more about the initiative here.

Amazing grazing: going back to the roots

Current trends of dairy production intensification often mean that cows are stabled and fed on imported fodder, increasing dependency on foreign markets and causing the loss of meadow landscapes. Amazing Grazing is a project which aims to go from this cattle housing trend back to green meadows scattered with cows grazing, an image that people typically associate with milk production. Read on about what this project has been doing.


Reducing antibiotics in pig farming

Building on the work that was carried out by the EIP-AGRI Focus Group on animal husbandry, the new EIP-AGRI brochure “Reducing antibiotics in pig farming” gives an overview on new research initiatives, existing good practices and key areas for future research in the field of pig health and welfare, specific alternatives to antibiotics and attitudes and human habits. Read and download the brochure here.

Protecting plants against insects, naturally!

In Dalmatia, Croatia, a plant species called Dalmatian pyrethrum grows abundantly in the wild. This plant is the source of the most powerful plant-based insecticide in the world but currently in Europe, this type of plant extract is imported from Africa and Australia. Tomi Marinelic, an organic farmer from the Dalmatia believes that with some research, a real industry could be developed in the region which would benefit farmers across the EU. Read about his needs for further research here.

Online inventory of EU forest-based sector research and innovation projects

The Forest Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) is building a comprehensive database which will bring together all EU-funded research and innovation projects involving the forest-based sector funded by the European Commission during 2007-2013. Find out more about this platform here.

How to suppress soil-borne diseases in vegetables and arable crops?

On 2 and 3 December in Alicante, Spain, twenty experts: farmers, advisers, researchers, discussed this question at the first meeting for the EIP-AGRI Focus Group on IPM soil-borne diseases. Find out what they worked on here.


First Thematic Network under way

The first Horizon 2020 Societal challenge 2 project, HENNOVATION, has just officially started. It is a thematic network for agricultural innovation addressing practice-driven innovation in the laying hen sector.

Uniting the front against forest fires

Forest fires are one of the greatest threats to Europe’s woodlands, and they are expected to increase as a result of climate change. Successfully preventing forest fires still remains a challenge for governments in Europe. The EU-funded FIRESMART project set out to unify Europe’s scattered forest fire knowledge and offer a more pan-European approach to fire prevention. Read more here.
Find more success stories on the Horizon 2020 website.

Don’t forget: FACCE SURPLUS fund opened last week

The FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems) call for proposals which was announced in our previous newsletter is now open. It can offer funding to collaborative, transnational research projects in the areas of diverse, but integrated, food and non-food biomass production and transformation systems, including biorefining. The call will close on the 04.03.2015. Have a look at the details here.

Industry, SMEs, need support in delivering an innovative idea to the market?

The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) pilot under Horizon 2020 offers funding for innovation activities close-to-market and is open to all types of participants (especially from industry). It aims to stimulate private sector investment, promote research and innovation and accelerate the development of innovative products, processes and services. Download the new information leaflet here.

What else is happening in the world of agricultural innovation?

Over the next few months, a number of interesting events will be organised all over Europe on a variety of agricultural topics including innovative enterprises, rural-urban symbiosis and manure management. See the calendar here.​ 
Should you have information about interesting events in the coming months, please let us know:


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