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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.

Photo: Prof. Dr. Sven Koenig

2016.03.29 | Research news

Video: Improving health in native dual-purpose cattle (2-Org-Cows)

The principle of organic breeding is to adapt the cow towards the local and natural production system. In this video, Maria Jaeger and Sven König, both from the University of Kassel, explain how the characterization of pasture based production systems, novel data recording, and genetic evaluations will lead to optimized breeding programs for…

Project coordinator of OrganicDairyHealth, Jan Tind Sørensen

2016.03.17 | Research news

Video: Improving health and welfare of organic dairy cows (OrganicDairyHealth)

The aim of the OrganicDairyHealth project is to improve health and welfare in organic dairy cows. Watch Anna Wallenbeck (Sweden), Ute Knierim (Germany) and Jan Tind Sørensen (Denmark) explain how they combine breeding and management measures to achieve this goal in a new video.

Susanne Johansson, FORMAS, Sweden, chairwoman of the CORE Organic Governing Board.

2015.10.23 | Research news

Susanne Johansson: “The work we do together feels very meaningful!”

Shortly before CORE Organic Plus started, the funding bodies of the 22 participating countries appointed Susanne Johansson from Sweden as their new chairperson of the Governing Board. In the Interview, Susanne explains why Sweden has contributed considerable funds to CORE Organic Plus and how the heterogeneity among partner countries has become a…

2015.10.19 | Research news

CORE Organic Cofund, the fourth CORE Organic project supported by the EU

The European Commission (EC) has published the new Horizon2020 Work Programme for 2016/2017.

Valérie Dehaudt

2015.10.07 | Research news

Towards a better dissemination of research project results

The General Directorate for Education and Research of the French Ministry of Agriculture has decided to make a priority of valorisation of project results.

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