The four year Horizon 2020-funded DIVERSify project (2017-2021) 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.