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.

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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 for sustainable agriculture:

Improves soil health and resilience to stresses

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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 for sustainable agriculture.

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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Who is buying this?

A major concern for farmers using intercropping is the end user. Currently, there is no market for... intercropped products.

Norman Gentsch explains this challenge.


🌱 From field to future

Farmers & researchers are working together to test sustainable farming practices like ...legume-cereal intercropping.

Learn more about the benefits of living labs and the 180 LEGUMINOSE living labs across Europe and beyond 👇

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From field to future: The impact of living labs

Living labs bridge research and practise for sustainable agriculture solutions.

“We need to have demonstration farms”

Within our project, many farmers are participating in the research by trying... intercropping in their own fields. This can show other farmers the benefits of the approach.

Norman Gentsch from #TeamLEGUMINOSE explains this idea.

There are still many open questions about how intercropping affects the interactions in the soil.

Norman Gentsch ...describes the knowledge we will gain in the LEGUMINOSE project.


Biodiversity through intercropping

The current dominance of monoculture in agriculture reduces biodiversity. Norman ...Gentsch wants to change that with intercropping!

Watch him introduce himself and the project.


Come here, microbe!

Norman Gentsch from #TeamLEGUMINOSE is a soil researcher from the @UniHannover (DE). He is ...interested in how intercropping improves #SoilHealth on the microbial level.

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