TOMRES research focuses on tomato, one of the most cultivate crops in the world, representing a biological and agronomical model crop.
Combined water and nutrient stress is a major problem for tomato farmers and solutions are needed to safeguard yields, while preserving the environment.
The project aims at enhancing resilience to combined water and nutrient stress in tomato and to develop cropping systems that reduce the consumption of limited and expensive resources, thus contributing to the adaptation of EU agriculture to global warming and shortage of mineral fertilizers.
Novel below-ground traits are identified and rootstocks and scions displaying increased water (WUE) and nutrient use efficiency (NUE), while retaining fruit quality and yield, are being selected.
A range of crop management strategies will be optimized, environmental and socio-economic impact will be assessed, and a Decision Support System built on resource efficiency analysis data will assist field testing of genotype x management practices and transfer to farmers.
Farmers, advisors and farmer associations, private companies and public institutions providing complementary types of knowledge as project partners grant multi-actor approach. In addition, scientific experts, companies, national farmers’ organisations and citizens interested in the topic have been engaged from the start through a Stakeholder Group, thus enabling environment for implementation and market uptake of project results.