Prof. Christine Watson of the SRUC in the UK provides a presentation to the Danube Soya East-West Forum in Berlin summarising the current range of EU funded projects relevant to the development of legume crops. The presentation is provided below.
Prof. Watson concludes that the Framework Programme 7 and now Horizon2020 have made substantial investments in the improvement of legume crops for Europe. Legume Futures had made a significant contribution to the public debate about the development of legume-supported cropping in Europe and the great success of Danube Soya to date is an indication of the potential for change. However, developing and delivering the interdisciplinary research of value in practice and wider impact remains a great challenge. Recent developments in Horizon2020 indicate existing opportunities to support new ways of working along breeding and value chains.