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2016.10.05 | Agriculture and food

Video: The Spade Test – Visual Soil Assessment in the Field

Soils are the most valuable resource for crop production, but they receive very little attention because we take them as granted. Within the project FertilCrop, visual soil assessment and other hands-on techniques are compared to analytical soil tests. A new video explains how to apply the spade test.

2016.09.20 | Events

Organic Innovation Days and CORE Organic Brokerage Event

A Brokerage Event for the CORE Organic Call will take place 7 December 2016 in Brussels in connection to the Organic Innovation Days of TP Organics.

Jakob Magid: “To use contemporary urban waste products for supplementary fertilization should be reconsidered by the organic sector.” (Photo: Alfoeldi)

2016.09.06 | Agriculture and food

Video: Urban waste products as P-fertilizer – an option for organic agriculture

The scepticism towards agricultural use of urban waste is based on results from experiments carried out around and after the Second World War. Highly contaminated biosolids from sewage sludge originating from London and the Ruhr area have been used at the time. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have now shown that the quality of sewage…

2016.07.20 | Knowledge exchange

CORE Organic research seminar, October 18: 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.

2016.05.06 | Research news

Crop diversity prevents serious weed problems

Weed management in organic crop production could benefit from more diversification of today’s cropping systems. However, the potential of diversification needs better documentation and solid suggestions for employment in practise must be identified.

2016.05.06 | Research news

Is it really organic? – New analytical methods to discriminate between organic and conventional crops

The project AuthenticFood (2011-2015) developed and tested a wide range of analytical methods for their ability to discriminate organic and conventional plant products. The researchers concluded that plants contain unique chemical fingerprints from their growth environment including the soil mineralogy and fertilization history.

Ladybird larva in an aphid colony

2016.05.04 | Research news

EcoOrchard - Innovative design and management to boost functional biodiversity of organic orchards

Functional agrobiodiversity (FAB) uses orchard design and management to gain more natural enemies, making orchards more robust to pests. This CORE Organic Plus project aims to collect existing knowledge and generate new knowledge in order to use FAB successfully in orchards.

2016.05.04 | Research news

Effects of processing on phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables

The FAVORDENONDE project is focussing on the quality of products deriving from the processing chain. Special attention is paid to local varieties, and to simple and small processing facilities.

A smiling Cara potato – this variety was high yielding at both sites and resistant to blight.

2016.03.30 | Research news

Varietal choice improves P use efficiency in Improve-P trials

Agricultural production is dependent on non-renewable sources of P and farmers need to use P inputs as efficiently as possible. Experiments in Denmark and the UK showed that the efficiency of P use in organic potatoes can be improved if late-season varieties with vigorous top and root growth are used.

2016.03.29 | Agriculture and food

Alternative phosphorus fertilizers: New fact sheets assessing the use of meat and bone meal and urban organic wastes

The loss of phosphorus in exported products is a concern for all organic producers. The IMPROVE-P team compiled factsheets on meat and bone meal and recycled urban organic wastes in organic farming. They provide a comprehensive overview of the current information on these relevant nutrient sources.

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