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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Is it free of charge to join and participate in the Citizen Science Experiment?

Yes, it is free of charge. No financial contribution is required at any stage! A fee is only required to be paid should you intend to market any bean seeds originating from those originally received as part of the project (see Art. 6.10 of the SMTA).

2. Do I have to commit to participate during the entire 5 years of the project? What happens if the bean plants die and therefore do not produce further seeds?

No, there is obligation to participate for a set period of time. We would hope that you can participate for at least three years but we understand that this may not always be possible. Unforeseen or extreme events (e.g. severe weather) can easily destroy all plants. To prepare for this eventuality, we suggest to initially only sow a selection of the seeds you have received. You should bear in mind that the seeds will not be sent to you every year. For the following years you should reproduce the seeds. Please note that further technical instructions will be made available to you.

3. How do I register for the Citizen Science Experiment?

  1. Go to your App store (Google Play or Apple App store) and search for INCREASE CSA.
  2. Download the INCREASE CSA App and install it on your smartphone.
  3. Register by entering a login email address and password.
  4. Proceed to the registration of the 2nd round of the Citizen Science Experiment by providing the required info for the shipping of your seeds.

4. What are the exchange modalities envisaged by the protocol developed together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)?

If you use the INCREASE CSA App you can easily exchange seeds using the same procedure based on the FAO system that is recognised internationally.

5. To what extent should the beans be exchanged with other people? Can we share them among our contacts or exclusively among other members of the Citzen Science Experiment?

Exchanges can also take place with non-participating citizens but always with the same procedure based on the FAO system. The transfer to third parties of materials received with an SMTA is possible only through a new SMTA and only for the purposes envisaged by the Multilateral System: research, breeding and training. In fact, therefore, the recipient should sign up to the Citizen Science Experiment.

6. Do the bean seeds received contain genetically modified organism (GMO)?

No, none of the bean seeds provided contain genetically modified organism (GMO).