Agronomic practices that mitigate yield loss and create crop synergies

Sites: Ireland, Denmark, Germany
Manager: Teagask
Crops: Pea, Faba beans

Field pea has long been recognized as a valuable source of protein for feed and food. It is the third most economically important grain legume after soybean and beans and the potential of pea flour and other constituents as a high protein substitute in a range of food products has already been demonstrated. Risk of lodging based on wind/rainfall anomalies which have become increasingly frequent with climate volatility can be mitigated with the presence of faba beans.

IPS 3 is focused on demonstrating the potential of intercropping field pea with faba beans to mitigate yield loss potential due to lodging, while generating pea for protein extraction/flour milling and faba bean as a direct animal feed supplement.

TEAGASAC, in collaboration with European breeders will establish the best varieties of pea and faba beans that will be evaluated, taking into account the characteristics of commercial and pre-commercial varieties in terms of  agronomic traits and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses.

The best varieties of pea and faba bean, as well as their proportion for minimizing pea lodging, will be evaluated for two seasons. The 2 best performing combinations will be validated in farmers fields (Ireland) and in research farms in different European pedoclimatic regions (Denmark, Germany), for one/two seasons.

Project Coordination:

Dr. Ewen Mullins

Head of Crop Science Department at Teagasc and VALPRO Path Project Coordinator

Oak Park, Carlow R93 XE12, Ireland


Project Communication:

Prof dr Mladen Radisic

CEO Foodscale Hub

THESSALONIKIS, 57001, Greece



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101059824.