CARINA - Carinata and Camelina to boost EU farming systems

The “CARinata and CamelINA to boost the sustainable diversification in EU farming systems – CARINA” project builds on 2 new oilseed crops, Carinata and Camelina. They are special thanks to their ability to provide multiple low iLUC feedstocks for the bio-based economy.

Under the CARINA Project, we are focusing on 4 main objectives:

  • identification and promotion of innovative, diversified and sustainable farming systems;
  • production of innovative biochemicals (monomer and polymers) from Camelina and Carinata;
  • provision of policy recommendations to promote the deployment of sustainable agricultural systems for bioeconomy;
  • showcasing the replicability potential of the CARINA systems mainly across Europe.

On top of these objectives, social innovation will serve as the nerve system of the whole project.

In CARINA project, we propose to include Camelina and Carinata into current cropping systems. They should act as cash-cover crops to increase farmers’ revenue from seeds sale. In this way,the well-known beneficial environmental effects derived from cover crops would also be gained.

Camelina and Carinata are more resilient species than oilseed rape. They also require less agronomic inputs. Therefore, both crops can be grown in regions where oilseed rape is suffering and is no longer economically sustainable.

The initiative is coordinated by Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna and funded under the Horizon Europe Program. It capitalizes on a highly experienced team of 20 partners, +6 affiliated entities, from 13 EU and Associated Countries (Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Poland, UK, Serbia, Tunisia, Morocco, Switzerland).

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Posted by admin on 24 November 2022