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.

The fermentor is inoculated with lactic acid bacteria.

2016.08.12 | Agriculture and food

Great potential in biorefined protein from clover grass

A new system for extraction of high value feed protein by biorefining techniques approved for organic production is developed and tested in the OrganoFinery project. A full scale test has shown promising results indicating possibilities for better provision of organic protein and increased organic production. Both an assessment of the feed value…

2016.07.20 | Agriculture and food

TP Organics: Call for Organic Innovations is now open

To demonstrate the innovation potential of the organic food and farming community, TP Organics launches a call challenging farmers, researchers and companies to propose innovative solutions. The call closes on 12 September 2016. Organic Innovation Days will take place in Brussels on 6 December 2016.

Fisherman from the local cooperative of the Island of Torcello in the Venice Lagoon

2016.07.08 | Conference

Clearer and simpler regulations needed if the sector of organic aquaculture is to grow

The aim of the European OrAqua project is to develop a set of recommendations for the EU Commission on how the current EU regulations regarding organic aquaculture can be improved and altered in a way that facilitates a growth in the organic aquaculture sector. ICROFS participates as a partner in the OrAqua project.

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