MACSUR project

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MACSUR is the first European project within FACCE-JPI (Joint Programming Initiative for Agriculture, Climate Change, and Food Security). Gathering more than 200 scientists within 73 institutions through 17 European countries, the MACSUR project is a Knowledge Hub, i.e., an innovative, tailor-made instrument developed by FACCE-JPI, associating 3 complementary dimensions: networking, research and capacity building.

The Opening Workshop was held 15-16 October 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

MACSUR started in October 2012. The mid-term meeting of MACSUR was held in April 2014 in Sassari, Italy.

MACSUR gathers the excellence of existing research in livestock, crop, and trade science to describe how climate variability and change will affect regional farming systems and food production in Europe in the near and the far future and the associated risks and opportunities for European food security. The project focusses on the technical and informational integration of suitable existing models and their application in regional case studies that reflect the European diversity in soil, climate, socio-economy and agricultural systems.

The work in MACSUR is organized in three themes :

Involved Belgian research teams are within the Crop and Livestock themes.

April 2015: Presentations of the Belgian partners at the FACCE/MACSUR meeting in Reading:

  • Françoise Lessire, Jean-Luc Hornick, Julien Minet, Isabelle Dufrasne:
    Effects of heat stress periods on milk production, milking frequency and rumination time of grazing dairy cows milked by a mobile automatic system in 2013.
  • Renáta Sándor, Marco Acutis, Zoltan Barcza, Haythem Ben Touhami, Luca Doro, Dora Hidy, Martin Köchy, Shaoxiu Ma, Julien Minet, Eszter Lellei-Kovács, Alessia Perego, Susanne Rolinski, Françoise Ruget, Giovanna Seddaiu, Lianhai Wu, Gianni Bellocchi: Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis of grassland models at production and flux tower sites in Europe and Israel.
  • Nina Pirttioja, Timothy Carter, Stefan Fronzek, Marco Bindi, Holger Hoffmann, Taru Palosuo, Margarita RuizRamos, Miroslav Trnka, Marco Acutis, Senthold Asseng, Piotr Baranowski, Bruno Basso, Per Bodin, Samuel Buis, Davide Cammarano, Paola Deligios, Marie-France Destain, Luca Doro, Benjamin Dumont, Frank Ewert, Roberto Ferrise, Louis François, Thomas Gaiser, Petr Hlavinka, Christian Kersebaum, Chris Kollas, Jaromir Krzyszczak, Ignacio Lorite Torres, Julien Minet, M Ines Minguez, Manuel Montesino, Marco Moriondo, Claas Nendel, Isik Öztürk, Alessia Perego, Françoise Ruget, Alfredo Rodríguez, Mattia Sanna, Mikhail Semenov, Cezary Slawinski, Pierre Stratonovitch, Iwan Supit, Fulu Tao, Katharina Waha, Enli Wang, Lianhai Wu, Zhigan Zhao, Rötter Reimund. A crop model ensemble analysis of wheat yield sensitivity to changes in temperature and precipitation across a European transect.

October 2014: Presentations of the Belgian partners at the FACCE/MACSUR LiveM Bilbao meeting:

April 2014: Presentations of the Belgian partners at the FACCE/MACSUR mid-term meeting:

February 2014: Presentations of the Belgian partners at the CropM International Symposium and Workshop: Modelling climate change impacts on crop production for food security:

Publications made within MACSUR with Belgian partners from FACCE-WB