2017.01.06 | Agriculture and food

Paper: Organic Agriculture 3.0 is innovation with research

The aim of the new paper, recently published in the Journal of Organic Agriculture, is to give an overview of research conducted and required to strengthen organic agriculture in its ambitions to overcome agronomic challenges, contribute to food security and protect our common environment.

2016.12.19 | Agriculture and food

Growers can do something to attract bees to orchards

Far more solitary bees than social bumblebees and honeybees were caught in pan traps in apple trees in 2016. Virtually all the solitary bees were ground nesting bees. Solitary bees require nesting sites and the fruit growers can do something to increase the number of sites.

2016.12.05 | Agriculture and food

Organic equals conventional agriculture in the tropics

A long-term study in Kenya shows that maize yields and nutrient uptake in the organic farming systems are quite similar to conventional systems. Due to premium prices, organic systems are more profitable for farmers than conventional ones.

2016.11.14 | Agriculture and food

Pre - Announcement of the CORE Organic call 2016 with cofunds from the EU

The Pre-announcement of the CORE Organic 2016 call is now available. CORE Organic will publish the final call for transnational research proposals in organic food and farming systems in the beginning of December 2016, including guidance for the applicants and the national rules and priorities.

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.

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