2016.11.04 | Agriculture and food

One step closer to unsprayed apple production

Apples and pears grown under a narrow plastic roof or a plastic awning are less likely to be infected by scab and fruit rots. In fact, the results are so convincing that a profitable production of unsprayed fruit, at an acceptable price, is within reach.

Heavy infestation of Circium arvense in an organic barley field.

2016.11.04 | Agriculture and food

Post-harvest effect of cover crops on creeping thistle Circium arvense

Cover crops produce a post-harvest effect on weed control by moving nitrogen (N) to the topsoil. This enhances the N uptake of succeeding barley crop, especially at early stages, and limits the access of thistle to the subsoil N.

2016.10.13 | Agriculture and food

First feeding behavior: A potential tool to select robust trout for organic aquaculture

The RobustFish project is testing the selection of trout larvae according to their developmental rate in order to obtain fish that are naturally more robust against stress and disease for organic aquaculture.

2016.10.13 | Agriculture and food

Forb-containing grass-clover mixtures deliver multiple ecosystem services

Inclusion of competitive forb species – chicory, caraway or plantain – in commonly practiced grass-clover mixtures is a promising strategy in intensively managed European grasslands to achieve multiple ecosystem services, such as high and stable biomass production, sustainable bioenergy production, climate change mitigation as well as improved…

2016.10.07 | Conference

Call for papers: International Scientific Conference on research and innovation on organic agriculture

Submit your paper and join the conference November 1st 2016. Registration ends on 21 October 2016.

2016.10.06 | Agriculture and food

Non-leguminous forbs in productive temporary grasslands

Plant diversity is often low in European grasslands with a major dominance of grass-clover mixtures. Recently there has been growing interest in multi-species grasslands for the purpose of increasing plant productivity and sustainability of grass-arable cropping system.

2016.10.03 | Agriculture and food

New platform for farmers to find organic solutions and exchange knowledge launched

The complexity of organic farming requires farmers to have a very high level of knowledge and skills. But exchange on organic farming techniques remains limited. A new platform – OK-Net Arable – aimed at filling the gap in the exchange of information between farmers across Europe has been launched.

2016.09.08 | Calls

Calls relevant for organic researchers in Horizon 2020 during 2017

The European Commission has published a revised Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2017. The programme includes several topics relevant for research in organic food and agriculture as listed below.

2016.09.01 | Agriculture and food

Possibilities and requirements for organic dairy breeding lines

The potential of breeding lines that are genetically adapted to organic milk production is essentially unexploited even though specific lines offer the potential to breed for cows with characteristics specific for organic production systems.

2016.08.15 | Seminar

CORE Organic Seminar: Conclusions, Implementation and Future Collaborations

During the seminar, project leaders will present and discuss the achievements from three research projects supported by CORE Organic II, which ends in 2016. Eleven projects from the CORE Organic Plus call, which started in early 2015, will present their intermediate results.

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