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2017.03.22 | Agriculture and food

EBIO-Network – a new knowledge platform on functional agrobiodiversity in European Orchards

The project EcoOrchard aims to collect existing knowledge and to generate new knowledge on how to successfully maintain or promote Functional Agrobiodiversity (FAB) in orchards. Therefore, it has established the knowledge portal EBIO-Network. The portal connects European fruit growers with stakeholders from research, advisory services and other…

Sonchus arvensis is effectively suppressed by regular mowing in perennial crops (Photo: Jukka Salonen)

2017.03.16 | Agriculture and food

Perennial crops and cover crops are important components for weed management

Diversification of crop rotations is important for disrupting the life cycles of detrimental weeds. Perennial and N-fixating crops suitable for mowing can deplete the weed seed bank and hamper the proliferation of some perennial weeds. Cover crops suppress post-harvest weed growth and retain nutrients in the root zone.

Else Bünemann, senior scientist at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), introduces the relevance of phosphorus (P) for agriculture and especially of P recycling in organic agriculture.

2017.03.01 | Agriculture and food

Video tutorial: Phosphorus recycling for organic agriculture

The CORE Organic II project Improve-P recently ended. Else Bünemann, Astrid Oberson and Kurt Möller from the Improve-P team summarized the project outcomes in a 30-minute video tutorial with the following eight chapters: Introduction, inventory of available technologies, P availability, risk assessment, life cycle assessment, regulations,…

The tea bag technique can be used to demonstrate the pace of decomposition in different types of soil.

2016.12.02 | Research news

FertilCrop - investigating the significance of soil quality

In the Core Organic Plus project, FertilCrop, the focus is on weeds as indicators of changes in soil conditions. It is useful to know how certain management changes suppress or change the abundance of weeds.

2016.12.01 | Agriculture and food

Video: Benefits of moving beyond national realm

In these videos, Jan Tind Sørensen and Andreas Fliessbach summarize the benefits and most important aspects of being a project leader in CORE Organic.

2016.11.24 | Agriculture and food

Video: Organic market growth with integrity and trust - values based marketing

In HealthyGrowth, eighteen mid-scale and four regional organic value chains have been investigated in order to identify the success factors to combine values and increasing volumes.

2016.11.24 | Agriculture and food

Video: Parasite control for organic ruminants

Gastrointestinal parasitism is a major challenge to the health and welfare of organic livestock. Although considerable research has taken place on alternative parasite control, farmers are still hesitating to implement novel approaches. In this video, Spiridoula Athanasiadou explains how the PrOPara project wants to change this.

2016.11.22 | Agriculture and food

Video: „COBRA pulled in a lot of national dispersed research”

The COBRA network linked up existing organic breeding initiatives from 40 partners and 20 countries. In this video, COBRA coordinator Bruce Pearce from the Organic Research Centre summarizes some of the most important achievements.

2016.11.08 | 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

Video: Progress in drying and cooling of organic products

The SusOrganic project aims to improve the drying and cooling/freezing processes for organic products in terms of sustainability and product quality. In this video, SusOrganic coordinator Barbara Sturm from the University of Kassel summarizes some of the most important preliminary results.

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