6-partnerB Estonian Crop Research Institute (ECRI)
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Estonian Crop Research Institute is a state research and development institute in area of governance of Estonian Ministry of Agriculture.

The Institue has been formed after reorganisation of Estonian Research Institute of Agriculture and Jõgeva Plant Breeding Institute on 1 July 2013.
Research and development activities of the institute support increase of efficiency and competitiveness of agricultural production, mitigate negative impact of agricultural production on the environment and help in the maintenance of agrobiodiversity.
Institute carries out applied and basic studies in following areas: development and upgrade of efficient and environmentally friendly agrotechnologies, dependence of yield and quality formation from used varieties and agrotechnologies, plant protection, plant health, agrochemistry, fertilisation, and agrometeorology.
For the purpose of maintenance agrobiodiversity, the institute breeds new varieties of agricultural crops, quarantees maintenance breeding of registered varieties, preserves plant genetic resources and produces and distributes certified seeds of various agricultural crops.
Active national and international cooperation with research and development institutes and universities is directed towards increase of efficiency and scientific level of research.
Institute provides scientific expertise for advisory system, state officials and development of legislation.
Tight collaboration with farmers and industry is prerequisite for implementation of research results into the practise.

Margit Olle, Mrs, Dr. Scient. Position in the project: Estonian team leader. She is involved in WP2. Broadening of genetic diversity in breeding trough evaluation of local genetic resources. She will perform planning and management of field evaluation in Task 2.1 (Sourcing and characterization of genetic diversity of local genetic resources of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.)) and Task 2.2 (Phenotyping selected accessions for site specific biotic and abiotic stresses (under organic and conventional conditions). Margit Olle also contributes to WP 5 - Legume supported cropping system in sustainable agriculture. Sub-Task 5.1.1 Detection of highly-productive genotypes in terms of grain yield. Task 5.1.2 Detection of high protein outcome yielding genotypes. She is the leader of WP7. Dissemination and integration data.

Lea Narits, Mrs., M. Sc. Position in the project: Researcher in WP3, where is going on selection of appropriate rhizobium strains to support nitrogen fixation and development of inoculants. Task 3.1 Selection of rhizobial strains and arbuscular mycorhizal fungi (AMF) for enhanced BFN and legume growth.

Reet Buddell. Position in the project: Researcher in WP2 Task 2.3. Creation of Near infrared reflectance (NIR) spectroscopy calibration for selected quality parameters of peas.

IT specialists (designer Triinu Sarv, IT specialists: Sander Tamme and Toomas Palmiste)
WP7. Dissemination and integration data. Task 7.1. Development of web site and its updating.

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