OPTIMA was a interdisciplinary project involving physiology, biotechnology, agronomy, socio-economical and environmental analysis at different scale levels will be undertaken with the aim at tackling specific bottlenecks of perennial grasses in the Mediterranean area.

INDEAR also participated in the consortium as Biotechnology leader, as well as conducting physiological studies associated to Panicum virgatum.

The concept and ultimate objective of the OPTIMA project was to identify high-yielding perennial grasses for the Mediterranean area, within optimized production chain that will provide stable source for both biomass and new plant derived bio-products.

Another objective was to explore the potentialities of perennial grasses on underutilized or abandoned marginal lands.

For more information, please visit: www.optimafp7.eu