INCREASE – Intelligent Collections of Food Legumes Genetic Resources for European Agrofood Systems

‘Come with us… Citizens for agrobiodiversity!’: INCREASE releases new video clip

Protecting and promoting agrobiodiversity and the genetic resources of our world’s food crops as a whole is a massive undertaking, yet paramount in securing our foods in a rapidly changing world. The brand-new video clip, just released by the EU research project INCREASE highlights just that while stressing that every citizen can contribute to preserving the diversity in crops in small ways. The citizen involvement has the potential to determine a radical change making strategies of agrobiodiversity and genetic resources conservation much more effective and successful.

The clip is available on the INCREASE project website and on YouTube. It was only made possible thanks to the participants of the INCREASE Citizen Science Experiment generously sharing their bean growing experiences through images and videos as part of the ‘INCREASE Citizen Science Video and Photo Contest 2021’. In combination with animated sequences, originating from the previously released Citizen Science clips ‘Come with us!’ and ‘Become a Citizen Scientist!’ ( it provides an endearing insight into the world of food legume biodiversity.

With the use of an easily accessible language and format it is suitable for a broad, non-scientific audience. It is also available with subtitles in the languages English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Rumanian and Slovenian.

INCREASE aims at developing efficient and effective conservation tools and methods to foster agricultural biodiversity in Europe. Focusing on the food legumes chickpea, common bean, lentil and lupin, the INCREASE project will implement a novel participatory approach to conserve, manage and characterise genetic resources.