Results of the project

On this page we will keep you updated on project results. We will share our output and give you a view of our progress.

Results WP 1

In January 2020 we finished Work Package 1 “Research Toolbox”. This WP is led by Lancaster University. The aim of this work package is to assess the current scientific and technical options available to improve crop plants, of course without compromising crop quality.

Database

One of the aims of WP1 was to do literature research and data-mining to get a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in the field. We developed a system curating the latest available information in scientific literature, compiled by scientific experts in the subtasks of Yield, Nutritional Quality and Sustainability. This has resulted in a comprehensive database listing the state-of-the-art research topics, technologies, genes and traits that could have implications to crop improvement.

You can view the introduction to the database here.

You can access the database here

https://cropbooster-p.wur.nl

Scenario Building Workshops

In addition, ETP-Plants for the Future took the lead in organizing a “forward looking” workshop. In this workshop we developed future scenario’s how the different options to improve crop plants would work out when extrapolating the current state-of-the-art.

You can read all about our scenario's here.

Results WP 2

The main objective of work package 2 is to assess the economic, social, and environmental impact of the strategies developed by work packages 1. For this, a number of online mini-focus groups was organized which were supported by an additional on-line survey. The basis for these mini-focus groups was the “impact expert panel protocol” which already was developed as basis for the workshops. Using this protocol, the online mini-focus groups were successfully organized and the feedback on the outcome by stakeholders was collected.

In addition, the added extra online-survey has known a very good response rate with approx. 300 participants and has aided the robustness of the outcomes of the mini-focus groups significantly. The results of the focus groups and of the survey were reported in a series of 3 reports; the Agricultural Production Impact Working Paper (Deliverable 2.1), the Business Impact Working Paper (Deliverable 2.2) and the Consumer Impact Working Paper (Deliverable 2.3).

Results WP 3

Together with WP4 & 5, work package 3 is focussed on developing an implementation strategy and roadmap for future-proofing our food system by involving social actors – academia/researchers, end-users/citizens, policy makers, industry/businesses, and agriculture/farming communities.

In the second year of the project, a first drafted outline of the communication strategy to interact with a non-expert audience was elaborated by the WP3-team. In addition, to present the key findings on the technologies from WP1 the description of the technologies were summarized and made more easy to read for non-experts. Next, in a series of online consultations, the outcome of WP1 and the communication strategy developed in WP3 were discussed with international stakeholders. This was done by conducting online interviews and questionnaires in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. The results of this was reported in the Consultation Report on the First Consultation Step (Deliverable 3.1).

Results WP 4

The task of work package 4 in CropBooster-P is to strengthen international research cooperation by mapping, connecting and involving the plant research community in Europe, with the ultimate goal to define a pan-European consortium to execute the CropBooster-P Research Plan.

For this, the WP4 team has carried out a large scale mapping of the European network of plant scientists and organizations researching aspects of plant yield, quality and sustainability. This involved the analysis of more than 25.000 scientific publications and was carried out in close cooperation with experts in the field. The end-product, the Network Map of Research Networks (Deliverable 4.1), gives a thorough and comprehensive overview of scientific cooperation in the field of plant research in Europe.

Next, in WP4 expert panels were assembled to define scientific and technical strategies. These panels produced a number of draft review papers and research visions which were further discussed in the so-called Versaille meeting. 

These meetings of WP4 were organized online events and took place on June 8 and 9, 2021. They featured talks from high level speakers. We welcomed 88 participants during WP4 (day 1+Day 2). Please peruse the presentations from these meetings here. 

Results WP 5

As part of the final roadmap to be produced by CropBooster-P, a layout will be drafted by work package 5 of the organization of a future research consortium that will be required to execute the research program defined in the roadmap. Such a large, pan-European consortium will need a strict modus operandi to effectively carry out a very large research program, and at the same time foster and maintain a strong relation with society in order to guarantee the successful uptake of the research outcome by, and in, society. In WP5 therefor, a number of documents have been prepared in the current reporting describing specific elements of this modus operandi: A report describing the form in which the results of research will be made available to industry (Deliverable 5.1), a report describing the intellectual property management framework (Deliverable 5.2) and a report describing the communication policy for the program (Deliverable 5.5).

The meetings of WP5 were organized online events and took place on June 10 and 11, 2021. They featured talks from high level speakers. We welcomed 64 participants during WP5 (day 3+Day 4). Please peruse the presentations from these meetings here. 

 

 

Summary year 1

As we look back on the first year of CropBooster-P we can conclude that a lot of progress has been made and a lot of work has been done.  

Introduction

CropBooster-P is organized into 5 operational work packages: WP1, Research Toolbox; WP2, Economic, Social and Environmental Impact; WP3, Societal Needs and Expectations; WP4, International Cooperation; WP5, Strategy Development. Together, the operational WPs will develop our “Roadmap to future-proof our plants”. In addition, the project knows two supporting work packages: WP6, Management, Office and Stakeholder Involvement, and WP7, Ethical Requirements.

Read the full report of year 1 here.

 

Summary year 2

As we look back on the second year of CropBooster-P we can conclude that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, we were able to get a lot of work done. 

Introduction

CropBooster-P is organized into 5 operational work packages: WP1, Research Toolbox; WP2, Economic, Social and Environmental Impact; WP3, Societal Needs and Expectations; WP4, International Cooperation; WP5, Strategy Development. Together, the operational WPs will develop our “Roadmap to future-proof our plants”. In addition, the project knows two supporting work packages: WP6, Management, Office and Stakeholder Involvement, and WP7, Ethical Requirements.

Read the full report of year 2 here. 

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