LEGUMEPLUS

Optimising plant polyphenols in LEGUMES for ruminant nutrition PLUS health PLUS environmental sustainability

 Coordinatore THE UNIVERSITY OF READING 

 Organization address address: WHITEKNIGHTS CAMPUS WHITEKNIGHTS HOUSE
city: READING
postcode: RG6 6AH

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Martha
Cognome: Brookes
Email: send email
Telefono: +44118 378 8977
Fax: +44118 378 8979

 Nazionalità Coordinatore United Kingdom [UK]
 Totale costo 4˙097˙981 €
 EC contributo 4˙097˙981 €
 Programma FP7-PEOPLE
Specific programme "People" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
 Code Call FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
 Funding Scheme MC-ITN
 Anno di inizio 2012
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2012-01-01   -   2015-12-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

 Organization address address: WHITEKNIGHTS CAMPUS WHITEKNIGHTS HOUSE
city: READING
postcode: RG6 6AH

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Martha
Cognome: Brookes
Email: send email
Telefono: +44118 378 8977
Fax: +44118 378 8979

UK (READING) coordinator 1˙143˙652.29
2    INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

 Organization address address: Rue De L'Universite 147
city: PARIS CEDEX 07
postcode: 75338

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Andre
Cognome: Faure
Email: send email
Telefono: 33561285028
Fax: 33561285280

FR (PARIS CEDEX 07) participant 787˙507.59
3    EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG

 Organization address address: Bundeshaus Ost
city: BERN
postcode: 3003

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Michael
Cognome: Gysi
Email: send email
Telefono: 41264077222
Fax: 41264077231

CH (BERN) participant 751˙172.40
4    NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL BOTANY

 Organization address address: Huntingdon Road
city: CAMBRIDGE
postcode: CB3OLE

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Susan
Cognome: Arnold
Email: send email
Telefono: 441223000000
Fax: 441223000000

UK (CAMBRIDGE) participant 359˙652.70
5 KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET DK participant 292˙723.20
6    TURUN YLIOPISTO

 Organization address address: YLIOPISTONMAKI
city: TURUN YLIOPISTO
postcode: 20014

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Eliisa
Cognome: Särkilahti
Email: send email
Telefono: 35823336155
Fax: 35823336440

FI (TURUN YLIOPISTO) participant 266˙739.00
7    WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

 Organization address address: DROEVENDAALSESTEEG 4
city: WAGENINGEN
postcode: 6708 PB

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Gerda
Cognome: Bakker
Email: send email
Telefono: +31 317 483382
Fax: +31 317 483952

NL (WAGENINGEN) participant 249˙278.70
8    DELLEY SAMEN UND PFLANZEN AG

 Organization address address: ROUTE DE PORTALBAN 40
city: DELLEY
postcode: 1567

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Wilhelm
Cognome: Wicki
Email: send email
Telefono: 41266779029
Fax: 41266771755

CH (DELLEY) participant 247˙255.80

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intestinal    skills    tested    forages    legume    protein    parasites    bioactive    security    emissions    forage    reduce    parasitic    greenhouse    nutritional    quality    young    climate    animals    trials    crops    ruminant    livestock    meat    feeding    milk    food    tannins    cheese    plant    laboratory    imported    gas    worms    legumes    environment    tools    animal    legumeplus    global    health    ruminants    breeding    efficiency    nutrition    foods    efficient    alternative    sustainability    anti    feeds    feed    training   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'Europe must face the Grand Challenges of climate change and global warming, which will seriously affect the production of foods, including animal feeds. Tightening supplies of energy, foods and feeds will further impact on food security. Feeding animals in Europe with large quantities of imported soyabeans is not sustainable. ‘Home-grown’ protein sources, such as forage legumes, offer a valuable alternative, but ruminant animals make inefficient use of protein from most forage legumes. LegumePlus proposes to investigate alternative forage legumes, which increase feed use efficiency through their bioactive polyphenols. In addition to tackling such sustainability issues, they will also contribute to livestock health, welfare and reduce environmental emissions. LegumePlus will study the efficacy of bioactive legumes to i) optimise ruminant nutrition, ii) reduce greenhouse gas emissions and iii) improve milk, cheese and meat quality. It will also investigate how bioactive legumes can control parasitic worms in animals. This network will enable integrated multidisciplinary and intersectoral research training. New tools for comparative genomics in plant breeding will be harnessed and exploited to benefit ruminants and the environment. A new generation of agricultural biotechnologists will be trained to work across disciplines and solve sustainability and bioresource issues. Young researchers will acquire a thorough understanding of ruminant nutrition and parasitology, analytical chemistry and plant breeding and excellent training in state-of-the-art and industrially relevant scientific skills. Close collaboration between participants from the public and private sectors will ensure that the training programme will enhance the employability of young researchers and meet employers’ requirements for interdisciplinary and transferrable skills. This will contribute to the EU policy aim of transforming Europe into an eco-efficient, knowledge based bio-economy.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

An EU-funded project is looking into alternative legume crops for cattle, sheep and goats that will improve animal health and reduce greenhouse emissions.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

Global climate change and population growth pose a major threat to European food security. One way to address this is to make the feed production and utilisation by ruminant animals a more efficient process.

Legumes hold promise in this regard as they are high in protein and require little nitrogen fertiliser. The http://legumeplus.eu (LEGUMEPLUS) project is investigating the potential of legume crops such as red clover, sainfoin and birds foot trefoil as alternatives to imported soya bean feeds for better protein use efficiency and ruminant health.

The first phase of LEGUMEPLUS focused on establishing field trials for these three legumes. The crops produced during these trials are being used throughout this project for plant breeding, agronomic, nutritional and anti-parasitic studies. An important aim is to provide plant breeders with guidelines and tools for selecting new legume varieties with better nutritional and anti-parasitic properties.

Researchers tested the effects of drying and ensiling on the nutritive value of these crops. They all produced good-quality silages.

LEGUMEPLUS also investigated the tannins produced by two of these plants, and developed methods for purifying these tannins for nutritional and anti-parasitic studies in the laboratory. Tannins are antioxidant compounds that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ruminant livestock farms (i.e. nitrous oxide, and perhaps also methane). They can also control gastro-intestinal parasites, which cause large economic losses across the world, because many parasitic worms have become resistant to synthetic veterinary drugs.

Therefore, trials also tested whether feeding legume forages to ruminants affected the growth of four common intestinal parasites. Tannins had significant effects on the parasitic larvae in the laboratory environment and we are keenly awaiting the results from the feeding trials.

In the next phase of the LEGUMEPLUS project, scientists will look at how the tannins in these forages influence the quality of meat, cheese and milk and reduce total worm numbers in animals. When complete, project partners hope to provide European animal farmers with advice on improved feeding strategies for ruminants.

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