Sustainability Research

With the increasing strain on natural resources and our promise to protect our legacy, we need to innovate. We should invest in new breeding techniques with less use of natural resources. We should research adjusting plants to be able to withstand predicted climate changes. Wageningen Plant Research has several projects which contribute to a sustainable future.

- Examples of our Sustainability Research:

  • EU Landmark project Intensification of agriculture can result in soil compression, erosion, salinisation, acidification, desiccation, soil sealing, loss of organic matter, increased soil diseases and pests, biodiversity, etc. These processes are considered to have a negative effect on the soil's ability to provide the services required of it. Nevertheless, the European Commission has been unable to persuade the member states to accept its Soil Strategy.
    EU-Landmark
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  • Sustainable water use for potato production in El Oued, Algeria The region of El Oued turned into the largest potato production area of Algeria with two harvests per 12 months. However the current potato growing practices are not sustainable and leave much to be gained in terms of farm management practices, quality of starting material and prevention of post-harvest losses.
    Sustainable water use for potato production in El Oued, Algeria
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  • ANTARES: advanced technologies for sustainable agriculture and food security ANTARES is a 2nd phase Teaming project in Horizon 2020, in which Wageningen University & Research and the Serbian institute BioSense will develop advanced technologies for sustainable agriculture and food security.
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  • Development of eleven new sustainable crop protection products As a result of the EU BIOCOMES project, farmers, market gardeners and foresters can look forward to eleven new sustainable crop protection agents, all biological in origin and derived from natural enemies of pests.
    BIOCOMES
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  • Green Farming: Cultivating roses in Kenya with half the amount of water Kenya is a water scarce country and the situation is expected to worsen as a result of climate change and increase in population, hence the need to ensure sustainable use of water. Besides the limited water supply, contamination of water resources reduces the amount of good quality water that can be used for various purposes.
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