INTENSE is European project funded by the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI). The scope of INTENSE falls under food security, renewable raw material use and energy production from biomass.
It has been estimated in 2015 that at least 30% of the agricultural soils in Europe need to be transformed to a state of higher quality. In this respect, INTENSE is targeting to recuperate carbon-depleted, dry, abandoned and/or polluted sites including grassland, set-aside land, brownfields and otherwise marginal lands for sustainable agricultural production across Europe. INTENSE is aiming for a sustainable increase in food and biomass production, novel products in agriculture and new perspectives for European rural landscapes and in particular, for such marginal lands. To achieve this, INTENSE combines cropping and soil amendment experiments, precision agricultural and crop modeling tools, and biomass conversion with environmental indicators and economic models.
Research is currently being conducted under INTENSE:
- to identify crucial soil components and processes,
- to identify and assess plant species producing high yields of biomass on marginal and/or contaminated soils,
- to determine optimum composition of soil amendment,
- to demonstrate the potential of selected species to degrade and absorb pollutants,
- and to assess management practices for improved soil processes, quality and productivity from an economic point of view.