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Scientific, technological, social and economic potential impact of the project

Farmers and consumers are demanding for alternative crops capable of growing with a lower environmental footprint and with the potential of sourcing a variety of high added-value products for the bio-based industry. In this context, it becomes mandatory for farming systems to move from a high input agriculture to a more sustainable approach.

Camelina offers some attractive possibilities (i.e. weed control, pest and disease resistance, soil improvement by means of crop rotation) fitting into sustainable farming systems. The EU is interested in promoting cultivations with limited environmental impact and camelina has been identified as one of the most interesting crops, within recently funded EU projects like:

Furthermore, in the actual scenario of insufficient domestic production of vegetable oil and proteins, making Europe and Italy almost fully dependent on imports from foreign countries, with related problems due to the lack of traceability, the development of a value chain based on new multi-purpose crops such as camelina, could allow to address several strategic key-points of the national agri-food system.