The LegumePlus Project
Project Number PITN-GA-2011-289377
LegumePlus was a 4 year research project funded by the EU. Started in 2012, its key objectives were to further investigate how bioactive forage legumes, in particular sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) and birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), can improve protein utilisation in ruminant livestock farming. Of equal importance is the ability of these legumes to combat parasitic nematodes. Finally, the project reflects the need to respect nitrogen use and losses, methane emissions and utimate food quality with a focus on milk, cheese and meat.
The €4m project was coordinated by Prof. Irene Mueller-Harvey of Reading University in the UK and was generously funded by the Marie Curie Research Training Network. 14 partners, employing 16 research fellows, from across Europe were involved, with researchers and experts from these academic institutions and commercial organisations contributing to training and research packages.