The third West African Organic Conference will take place in Cotonou, Benin, in the end of August. The conference theme is Institutionalizing Ecological and Organic Agriculture in West Africa. Read more
TP Organics is now asking for your contribution to prioritise the research and innovation for the organic food and farming sector. By indicating your preferences for already proposed topics, you will help make TP Organics' Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda a broadly supported document with potential to influence EU policy. Read more
A new research project with joint participation from Aarhus University and Kongskilde Industries aims to improve the effectiveness of mechanical crop field weeding. The project hinges on the development of new cutting solutions to improve the effectiveness against weeds when cultivating narrowly separated rows. Read more
New research: Gains to species diversity in
organically farmed fields are not propagated at the farm level
A team including researchers from Aberystwyth University's Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) have found that diversity of habitats is more
important than organic status for farm wildlife. Read the report.
New Communications Manager at the ICROFS Secretariat
Nina Hermansen is the temperary Communications Manager at ICROFS. She is covering for Camilla Mathiesen who is on maternity leave until September 2015.
Nina Hermansen comes from a position as Communication Partner at the Department of Political Science and Government, Aarhus University. She has a Master's Degree in Journalism.
Core Organic II is hosting an international seminar
on European Organic Research
Conclusions, Implementation and Future
Collaborations. During the seminar, project leaders
from EU countries will present and discuss the achievements from the 14 research projects supported
by CORE Organic II.
Organic Farming, prototype for sustainable agriculture
Rather than questioning whether organic farming performs better or not than conventional farming, the main question addressed in this book is how and under what conditions OF&F may contribute to sustainable agricultures. Multiple forms are emerging today, among which OF&F represents a prototype, evolving in strong interaction with them and tackling the multiple challenges facing sustainable agriculture. Read more about the publication from Springer...
1-2 November 2014
Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, California
Join Speakers from 12 OECD countries in discussions on current knowledge and potential of organic food systems to enhance ecosystem services!
This 2-day conference will bring leaders in research on organic food systems from around the world together to assess the current state of knowledge about innovations that enhance both sustainable food production and ecosystem services.
The Rodale Institute has announced the launch of a global campaign to generate public awareness of soil’s ability to reverse climate change. The campaign will call for the restructuring of the global food system with the goal of reversing climate change through photosynthesis and biology.
The Focus Group brought together 20 experts with different backgrounds and experiences to make recommendations on transferable innovative solutions on the topic of “optimising arable crop yields and eco-system services in organic systems”. The Focus Group identified the main causes of the yield gap (the gap between the highest and lowest yielding organic producers and the gap between some conventional and organic crops) in 1) Poor soil fertility management; 2) Inadequate nutrient supply; 3) Insufficient weed management; 4) Pest and disease pressure and 5) Variety choice.
The first issue of the OrAqua Newsletter has been released. OrAqua is an EU project that runs from 2014 2017. The full name of the project is: European Organic Aquaculture -Science-based recommendations for further development of the EU regulatory framework and to underpin future growth in the
sector. OrAqua will suggest improvements for the current EU regulatory framework for organic aquaculture based on: 1: A review
of the relevant available scientific knowledge. 2: A review of organic aquaculture production and economics and 3: Consumer perceptions of organic aquaculture. In this first newsletter you can read more about the work and content of the project. We also encourage you to sign up for the upcoming Oraqua stakeholder event, taking place prior to the IFOAM World Congress in Istanbul in October 2014 or to visit the project website: www.oraqua.eu
The fifth issue of SOLID News has now arrived, read about:
- Welfare assessment in organic and low input dairy cow systems (WP2)
- Agroforestry: integrating livestock and trees (WP3)
- New SOLID Colleague
- Presentation of small and medium enterprises in SOLID: CABRANDALUCIA
- Brief News from SOLID
The Commission launched a consultation for the review of the European policy on organic agriculture in 2012-2013. This consultation has also been an opportunity to consult experts, stakeholders and the public on areas where a new action plan might be needed.
The Plan foresees to better inform farmers on rural development and EU farm policy initiatives encouraging organic farming, to strengthen links between EU research and innovation projects and organic production and to encourage the use of organic food, e.g. in schools. Chapter 4.3. specifically focuses on the needs for research and innovation.
The Right Livelihood College (RLC) at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, offers a DAAD-funded PhD research scholarship in Kenya on:
Productivity and Sustainability of Ecological Organic Agriculture Systems.
Qualified applicants should be citizens of a Sub-Saharan Africa country and currently reside there. They should hold an excellent master’s or equivalent degree in agriculture, environmental sciences, ecology, food, geography or related disciplines, and have outstanding proficiency in empirical biophysical and socioeconomic field research methods. Profound knowledge on Ecological Organic Agriculture Systems in a rural Sub-Saharan African context as well as experience in interdisciplinary and international research is an asset. Fluency in English is mandatory.Read more...
The International Summer School of AgroEcology The Summer School is hosted by Ecole Nationale de Formation Agronomique (ENFA) and aims at building a collective and shared vision in order to build AgroEcology as the reference framework in the transition towards more sustainable agriculture and food systems.
The objectives of the summer school are :
- to stimulate scientiﬁc debates on agroecological research issues,
- to develop skills in systemic analyses, cross-disciplinary, and participative approaches,
- to identify innovation pathways in agroecology, and the way to bridge knowledge production and action,
- to build a network of practitioners and researchers from different disciplines able to work together on agroecological projects.
Registration before 15 April
The number of places is limited to 24 - 28 participants.
The main themes, covered in 6 different tracks, will be
1. Transdisciplinary research for organic and low-input agricultures
2. Managing diversity for robustness, resilience and yield stability
3. Diversity for specific adaptation and evolutionary processes
4. Diversity for quality in organic systems “soil to fork”
5. Sustainable food supply systems from diversity
6. Agriculture for a future society: challenging paradigms
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 5th May 2013
Deadline for early registration fee: 30th April 2014 . Read more..
Call for abstracts to the conference The Earth Living Skin: Soil, Life and Climate Change ELS 2014. Deadline: May 11 2014. The conference will take place 22-25 September 2014 in Bari, Italy. Read more and see planned sessions here.
The French Association of Plant Protection (AFPP)
will organise the 5th International Conference on
alternative crop protection methods in Lille -
Palais du Nouveau Siècle, from the 11th to 13th of
-Fertiliser efficiency – focus on horticulture in open field
The objectives of each of the focus groups are to take stock of the state of the art of practice and research, to propose directions for further research and to suggest operational groups or other forms of cooperation to test solutions and disseminate outcomes.
The Focus Groups will begin their work in June-July 2014. Deadline for applying: April 8, 2014 Read more...
The Swedish Ekhaga Foundation now calls for applications for research projects in organic farming. The foundation can grant up to 1.5 million SEK per project, and the application deadline is 31 May 2014. All relevant actors in Europe or affiliated with European partners can apply. Read more about application procedures and criterias here.
The congress takes place in Vigo (Spain) 30-31 July, 2014, and early registration is now open. The Congress is organized as a two-days meeting with four poster sessions and six oral presentations sessions.
Young Scientists can apply for funds from The European Weed Research Society (EWRS) to cover the conference registration fees. Read more...
Senior scientis Lillie Andersen, Aarhus University, dept. of Food Science, Aarslev, tells about the experiences with growing organic raspberries under tunnels. The experiments have shown that it is possible to gain a high yield in organic raspberries, when they are grown in a tunnel. See more.
Applications are invited for a tenure stream position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in the study of Organic Horticulture. The successful candidate is expected to develop a dynamic, extramurally funded research program and will supervise projects and students in graduate, undergraduate, and technical programs. Deadline March 31, 2014 Read more....
Don't forget EAAP 2014 in Copenhagen – Denmark, deadline for abstracts March 1st, 2014
The 65th Annual Meeting of the EAAP will take place in Copenhagen from 25th to 29th August 2014. A main theme of the meeting will be “Quality in Animal Production” dealing with product quality as well as resource efficiency, sustainability, animal welfare and agro-ecology. Several of the scientific session is of interest for organic livestock, while one is related directly to organic production: Session 11: Organic livestock farming – challenges and future perspective
Deadline for abstracts is March 1st, 2014 – both oral and poster presentation.
The EkoSeedForum-conference is being held 20-22 March 2014 in Poznań, Poland. At the meeting different approaches regarding promotion of organic farming, supply of organic seeds and crop diversity will be presented. There will be an opportunity to meet stakeholders from East and West Europe and see the results of their work. The aim is to build a network. Everybody who feels dedicated to these issues, is invited. See presentations from EkoSeed Forum here.
More than 120 participants attended the 4th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS) which was held in Hungary this year. The conference was preceded by the Organic Policy Summit 2013. Read more....
Liquid fertilisers to boost the cultivation of organic fruit and vegetables
Liquid organic fertilisers are to supplement the current practice in organic farming of incorporating manure into the soil before sowing or planting. Scientists from Aarhus University are leading a new research project where part of the solid manure will be replaced by liquid organic fertilisers. The project will design solutions with readily available nutrients in different concentrations and proportions for amore optimal nutrient supply to plants. Read more....
A new research project led by scientists from Aarhus University and with collaboration from several industrial partners aims at developing a stevia product for use as a sweetener in organic food. The project runs from 2013 to 2017. During this period, the parties are intending, among other things, to develop a technique for a bio-friendly extraction of steviol glycoside from the stevia plant and purification of plant leaves, which will use membrane filtration rather than ion exchange. Read more....
New chairperson of the board of ICROFS
A new board with a new chairperson for ICROFS has been appointed by the Danish Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries in relation to the extension of the international mandate of ICROFS for the period of 2013 to 2017.
Professor Mette Wier takes on the role as chairperson.Read more....
- Theme ProGrOV: 3rd Project Training Workshop and Project Meeting, 8-15 September 2013
- Hay production in North Europe
- Improving the phosphorus effeiciency of organic farming systems
- Species competition in mulitspecies grass swards
- Organic farming systems: Driving for change, or digging in the same old dirt?
120 international researchers attended the NJF seminar Organic Farming Systems as a Driver for Change recently held in Denmark. The seminar included more than 75 oral presentations, poster sessions, field trips and lot of lively discussions
NJF organizes this seminar taking place 12-13 November in Denmark. The seminar focuses on integrated pest management in Nordic berry production. The call for papers closes at 12. September, and some of the main topics are: New pests and diseases in Nordic-Baltic berry crops, trade-offs between inhibiting pests and promoting pollinators in berry crops, effects of organic growing systems on pests and diseases in berry crops, biological control in berry crops and weed management. Among others, results and experiences from the CORE Organic II project Softpest Multitrap, that focuses on management of pest insects in organic strawberry and raspberry fields will be presented. Read more...