Utilisation of marginal lands for growing sustainable industrial crops and developing innovative bio-based product (MIDAS)



 The project between 2022-2026 aims to develop, evaluate and optimize sustainable low-ILUC feedstock at selected industrial crops and cropping systems on European marginal agricultural land. By mapping of the actual and future marginal lands that may be certified as low-ILUC, including current and future expectations on soil erosion and water stress as well as biodiversity challenges and potentials, ecosystem services will improve understanding of the available marginal land for low ILUC biomass production. Selected industrial crops, already adapted to marginal lands, will be optimized through modern biotechnology tools - particularly for water-use efficiency - and through tailored agronomic practices towards improved resource efficiency. Case studies of innovative farming systems (inter-cropping, agroforestry) established on marginal land at farm level will improve harvesting solutions, biodiversity data and guidelines while relevant actors will be engaged through Regional Advisory Groups. From the produced biomass innovative bio-based products (biochemicals, composites, and elastomers) will be developed, following the biorefinery and the circular use concept and business plans to foster circularity at farm level.



Project partners 

1. Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving FoundationGreece

2Alma Mater Studiorum,- Universita di BolognaItaly

3ETA - Energia, Transport, Agricultura SRLItaly

4Stichting Wageningen ResearchThe Netherlands

5Wageningen UniversityThe Netherlands

6Universitate HohenheimGermany

7Universita Degli Studi di CataniaItaly

8Centro De Investigationes Energetical Medioambientales y Technologicas, CIEMATSpain

9Consiglio Per La Ricerca In Agricoltura E L'analisi Dell’Economia Agraria,Italy

10CHIMAR (Hellas) AE - Anonimy Viomichaniki Kai Emporiki Etaireia Chimikon ProiontonGreece

11Universidade Nova De LisboaPortugal

12SOLTUB Trade and Service Providing Limited LiabilityHungary

13Universidad De Castilla - La ManchaSpain

14NokianRenkaat OYJFinland

15Instituto Technico Agronomico Provincial SAItaly

16Institut Za Ratarstvo I Povritarstvo Institut Od Nacionalnog Znacaja Za Republiku SrbijuSerbia

17European Carbon Farmers Spolska Z Ograniczona OdpowiedzialnosciaPoland,

18Cesky Konopny Klastr ZSCzech Republic

19Geoponiko Panepistimion AthinonGreece


21Novamont SPA,Italy

22Valbopan-Fibras De Madeira SAPortugal

23Ellinika Petrelaia AEGreece

24Consorzio Per La Ricerca E La Dimonstratione Sulle Energie RinnovabiliItaly

24.1 Politechnico Di TorinoItaly

25Ilios Symvouleftiki E.E.,Greece

26Kaiima Brasil Sementes S.ABrazil

27Universite de SherbrookeCanada


Related projects  

MAGIC https://magic-h2020.eu 

GRACE https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/745012

COSMOS https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/635405/es

MULTIHEMP https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/311849

SEEMLA https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/691874/results

FORBIO https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/691846/results

MAIL https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/823805

BIOPLAT-EU https://cordis.europa.eu/projece



On the 27th September 2023 was established the Regional Advisory Group (RAG) in the frame of the meeting organised at MATE-GAK. The main topics: the results of the perrenial and annual crop first year trials, the production and utilisation technologies of the crops in the trial (Mischanthus, poplar, sorghum, hemp, B. carinata). The presentations and the pictures on the site visit are available at  https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1KWjgRD_GE3exfcaEQCk9edOAfEesMVUZ.


1. Dr. István Balla István (MATE):  Non-food crops growing technologies and utilisation,

2. György Bene (MATE): Poplar as alternativ industrial crop,

3. Dr. Andrea Palágyi (GK Szeged): Sorghum industrial utilisation,

4. Dr. Attila Percze (MATE): Cultivating Miscanthus,

5. Zoltán Hajdu (SOLTUB): MIDAS project first year results, 


The project is financed for the call Horizont-CL6-2022-CIRCBIO-01-02 . Further details are available on the MIDAS project www.midas-bioeconomy.eu website.  


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under gran agreement No 101082070.