Launch of the ReMIX project: Redesigning European Cropping systems based on species MIXtures
Species mixtures, also known as intercrops, crop associations or ‘plant teams’, are well known for their ability to enhance resource use efficiency, improve the control of pests, diseases and weeds and increase crop productivity and resilience in variable climatic conditions. However, a number of practical challenges, such as the absence of specific adapted varieties for mixes and the lack of locally adapted management practices hinder their widespread adoption in Europe.
The ReMIX project, funded with 5 million € by the EU in the frame of the Horizon 2020 programme, will allow to overcome these barriers, through a 4-year collaborative research programme that will produce scientifically credible, but also socially valuable new knowledge, both for conventional and organic agricultural systems.
Illustration Photo: Maize intercropped with cassava (credits: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture / Flickr Creative Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0))