The research strategy in Legume Futures is to generate data from case studies (WP1) and environmental assessments (WP3) which will be used to develop a new understanding of the potential of legumes in European farming systems and provide information to design novel cropping systems (WP2).
Data will be processed within a internet based Data Resource Centre (WP2) which will then be available for an analysis of the socio-economic impacts of legume based systems (WP4) and their impacts on nutrient and energy cycling (WP6); both of which will be considered at scales ranging from the farm to Europe. The results of these interacting analyses will be fed back into the Data Resource Centre which will use this to develop recommendations for novel system designs (taking account of the range of genetic resources and their interactions with the environment).
An essential component of the project is the knowledge interaction and research delivery work package (WP5). This has developed a Communications and Delivery Strategy to guide how research outputs are delivered to users for maximum impact tailored to users’ needs. The Delivery Strategy prioritises the full range of possible communications/delivery products and the media used, tailored to local conditions and the target users. Stakeholder interaction, farm demonstrations, academic publications, conferences, policy workshops, and this website are examples of communication activities.
A Scientific Steering Committee of senior scientific experts in the range of subject disciplines used independently advise on scientific and technical progress.
The research work is organised in six work packages (WPs). These together have 9 research objectives.
The research work is focued on delivering seven key outputs to users:
New cropping system designs.
Enhanced access to information/technology.
Assessments of emissions and environmental impacts.