Agricultural productivity will become less reliable as climate becomes more variable. Crop rotations are influenced by climate change, but are also affected, by economic demand and ecological effects.
Evidence showed that ecological networks, and the ecosystem services they support, were linked to farmland weed plants and that these were determined by rotations. There were also predictions for how climate change might affect the efficacy of particular crops. What was missing was the mechanistic framework to tie theses effects together (i.e. making the link between climate change and ecosystem services via crop rotations) and the socio-economic understanding.
The PREAR project seeks to develop validated and practical rotational cropping systems that are acceptable to European farmers. Ultimately, the findings should assure stable agro-ecosystem service delivery that is resilient in the face of climate change.
*At the time of the proposal. Please consider this data as an accurate estimate; it may vary during the project’s lifespan.
Total costs include in kind contribution by grant holders and can therefore be higher than the total requested funding.