Legume based cover crops can contribute to N fixation when well established.

2016.04.18 | Agriculture and food

Greater biological N fixation requires good management

Leguminous green manure, cover crops and grain legumes can provide substantial nitrogen (N) inputs to cropping systems and thus substitute needs for imports in fertilizers or manure. However, climatic and soil conditions seem to be the most determining factors for the nitrogen contribution of legume components.

2016.04.15 | Agriculture and food

Beefarm: Meeting the complex challenges of food and lodging to wild bees

During the first season the project Beefarm has found a total of more than 40 species of solitary bees in fruit farms with varying abundance and diversity in the individual farms. In the case of clover seed farms the project directs attention to the distribution between good and less efficient clover pollinators among the bumblebees.

2016.04.14 | Conference

IFOAM EU: Food and farming can be transformed through organics

IFOAM 10th EU congress in Amsterdam April 5-7 focused on how organic and agro-ecological approaches can lead future agri-food systems and be a valid tool for the EU to address political, environmental and societal challenges.

2016.04.06 | Research

The role of agro-ecological and organic food production in providing food for the world

The "Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security" represents a comprehensive compilation of the current knowledge of food and nutrition security from a global perspective. The potential role of organic and agro-ecological farming to feed the world in the twenty-first century is one the themes in this new publication.

Photo: The Capsella plant («Shepherds purse») belongs to the Brassicaceae (mustard) family.

2016.04.06 | Agriculture and food

CAPSELLA: Collective Awareness Platform for Environmentally-sound Land Management based on Data Technologies and Agrobiodiversity

Just like the tiny yet sturdy little plant it takes the name from, the CAPSELLA project will deepen the roots of sustainability in agri-food systems by harnessing scientific and local knowledge around the theme of agro-biodiversity by making use of novel, improved and demand-driven ICT solutions.

MOVE, Organic RDD 2.2

2016.03.30 | Agriculture and food

Old cabbage and beetroot varieties get a new lease of life

The research project MOVE will be studying how the seeds of old vegetable varieties with interesting properties can be made available to hobby growers and organic farmers.

2016.03.17 | Agriculture and food

Mortality among organic dairy calves to be reduced

An alliance of six organic farmers and scientists from Aarhus University is set to develop new methods for the housing and feeding of calves to reduce the high mortality rate in organic cattle herds.

2016.03.16 | Conference

19th Organic World Congress: Call for Papers is now open

The 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM - Organics International, taking place from 09 - 11 November 2017 in India, now opens its call for papers.

2016.02.19 | Research

International PhD in Agrobiodiversity: 2016 call now open

The 2016 call (13th edition) of the International PhD in Agrobiodiversity run by the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy is now open. Submit your application by 31 May 2016. The Programme will start on 1 October 2016.

2016.02.16 | Events

Sustainable organic and low input dairy systems: Challenges and Solutions

This conference will focus on the challenges that face organic and low input dairy systems and how the EU-funded project Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying (SOLID) has worked for the last 5 years to develop solutions to improve the viability of such systems from an environmental, economic and social perspective.

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