The BIOSCHAMP project aims to develop an integrated approach to tackle the mushroom cultivation challenges: an alternative and sustainable peat-free biostimulant casing for the mushroom industry, reducing the dependency on and need for pesticides and contributing to improve the productivity, the sustainability, and the profitability of the European mushroom sector. The project will carry out validations at 3 different commercial mushroom farms to ensure the adaptability of the solution in real conditions.
BIOSCHAMP is a 3.5-year international initiative that is starting on 1st of October 2020 and will run until April 2024. The Mushroom Technological Research Center of La Rioja –Asociación Profesional de Productores de Sustratos y Hongos de La Rioja, Navarra y Aragón– (Spain) (ASOCHAMP-CTICH), will coordinate the implementation of the project. The project counts with the participation of 12 partners from 6 different countries: CTICH (Project coordinator, ES), Inagro vzw (BE), Stichting Wageningen Research (NL), CSIC (ES), Fertinagro Biotech (ES), Ekofungi (RS), Innovarum (ES), EUROCHAMP (ES), Kekkilä-BVB (NL), NF Fibre B.V. (NL), Uprawa Grzybów Łukasz Kiwała (PL) and University of Oxford (UK). In total, the project gathers 5 Research Technological Centres, 3 large companies and 4 SMEs.
BIOSCHAMP is funded by the EU Commission H2020 Programme under the topic SFS-04-2019-2020 – Integrated health approaches and alternatives to pesticide use (Grant Agreement no.: 101000651) and counts with an overall budget of 4.2 million euros.