Τhe overall goal of TOMRES is to enhance resilience to combined water and nutrient stress in tomato and to maximize water (WUE) and nutrient use efficiency (NUE) by designing and testing in the field (open and protected) novel combinations of genotypes and management practices reducing the environmental impact of agricultural activities.To this aim, novel below-ground traits will be identified and rootstocks and scions displaying increased WUE and NUE, while retaining fruit quality and yield, will be selected.A range of crop management strategies will be optimized, environmental (including water quality) 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 Multi-actor approach will be granted by farmers, advisors and farmer associations, private companies and public institutions providing complementary types of knowledge as project partners. In addition, scientific experts, companies, national farmers’ organizations and citizens interested in the topic will be engaged from the start through a Stakeholder Group, thus enabling environment for implementation and market uptake of project results.
To achieve the above mentioned overall goal, the work has been structured into the following interrelated objectives:
- To identify tomato lines resilient to combined stress and novel alleles/traits that confer superior water and nutrient use efficiency (WUE and NUE).
- To increase basic knowledge of the physiological and molecular processes activated in tomato by combined stress and contributing to resilience.
- To design and optimize sustainable crop management strategies inducing improvement in resilience to combined stress.
- To integrate and evaluate the effect on resource consumption and on the environment of the adoption of the genotype x crop management combinations selected for increased resilience; and to offer decision support tools for farmers and stakeholders.
- To demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the innovative solutions developed and to actively disseminate the project findings, thus enabling environment for implementation and uptake of project results.
- To review and assess the work carried out and the outcome of the project activities against a set of pre-determined indicators.
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