The four year Hori­zon 2020-fund­ed DIVER­Si­fy project (20172021) aims to opti­mise the per­for­mance of crop species mix­tures or plant teams’ to improve yield sta­bil­i­ty, reduce pest and dis­ease dam­age, and enhance stress resilience in agri­cul­tur­al sys­tems. It focus­es on improv­ing the pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and sus­tain­abil­i­ty of Euro­pean agri­cul­ture using an approach that has glob­al rel­e­vance, learn­ing from the expe­ri­ence of inter­na­tion­al researchers and stakeholders.

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DIVERSify is a multidisciplinary and strategic multi-actor partnership bringing together European and international centres of research excellence, farmers, extension services, breeders and SMEs.

This partnership will co-construct a new applied approach to plant mixtures and the tools to support implementation. Unravelling the mechanisms underpinning the benefits associated with cropping of plant teams (associations / mixtures of species), and the plant traits and agronomic practices promoting these benefits, will facilitate effective implementation.

This will be achieved through scientifically-proven, field-tested evidence on ecological mechanisms, concepts and methods to identify important crop traits and cultivars for plant teams, and tools and guidelines for farming practitioners in diverse environmental conditions.