Sustainable agriculture through legume-cereal intercropping

The LEGUMINOSE project will provide science-based, farmer-led, and economically viable systems and techniques for legume-based intercropping.


Legume-cereal intercropping is an agricultural technique where legume crops (such as beans or peas) are planted alongside cereal crops (such as wheat or barley) in the same field.


Intercropping provides multiple benefits:

Improves soil health and resilience to stresses

Increases biodiversity

Maximizes land productivity

Reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers

Reduces the carbon footprint of arable farming

Bridging across disciplines and nation borders to provide innovative solutions.

21 organizations from 10 countries

We bring together agronomists, soil microbiologists, plant biologists, geoscientists, computer scientists, policy and communication experts to tackle pressing issues in the agri-food sector and make the most of our land in a sustainable manner.

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Celebrating #WorldSoilDay reminds us the significance of #soils as precious natural resource which sustain crop ...production and ensure food security. This year’s theme signifies the soil-water nexus for #agricultural #sustainability. @FAO @Leguminose_EU @TowardsINMS @EJPSOIL

Healthy soil = healthy planet!

On this #WorldSoilDay, let's celebrate the ground beneath our feet. Without it, we ...would not be standing here. Pun intended.

Exploring the hidden world beneath: New study delves into the intricate relationship between plant species diversity ...and carbon stored in the soil. Understanding these dynamics is crucial for unlocking the potential of sustainable soil management.

How can we make agriculture in Europe more sustainable while still producing enough food for our growing population? ...With intercropping!

Watch how our scientists are exploring the potential of growing cereals & legumes in the same field at the same time.

Nitrate contamination from agricultural practices poses a pressing environmental concern. This contamination not only ...jeopardizes the health of ecosystems but also poses risks to human health. Check out @riazhuss latest book chapter on the topic 👇

Plant-soil scientist Imelda Uwase (@i_uwase) took the first samples to analyse greenhouse gases and soil quality. We ...are excited to see the results. Stay tuned!

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