Intercropping trials to launch as part of pan-European research

20 farmers in the UK are teaming up with the University of Reading to take part in a field lab to investigate the potential of planting two or more crops in the same field as part of a European project called LEGUMINOSE.

At the heart of the LEGUMINOSE project are legumes and cereals. Beans, peas or lentils can be grown on the same field as Oats,wheat or barley without the crops competing for resources. This agricultural practice called intercropping efficiently utilizes space, water and nutrients to increase total field yield. Importantly, intercropping improves soil health and resilience to stresses such as heat waves and droughts, which are exacerbated by climate change.

The objective

The ultimate goal of LEGUMINOSE is to provide farmers across Europe with accessible, actionable and science-based information for a profitable and sustainable agricultural transformation. The LEGUMINOSE consortium encompasses experts from 21 organisations, ranging from public and private research organisations, supply chain businesses, think tanks and non-profit organizations. The project started in November 2022 and will run for 48 months until October 2026.

Catch up with the kick off meeting

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