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ESA congress, The European Society for Agronomy will take place 25-29 August 2014 in Debrecen, Hungary.

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The 65th Annual Meeting of the EAAP will take place in
Copenhagen from 25-29 August 2014. Read more



The 3rd West African Organic Conference will take place in Cotonou, Benin, 27-29 August. Read more


The European Organic Congress will take place September 10-12, 2014 in Bari, Italy. Read more



18th IFOAM Organic World Congress, ICEC, 13-15 October, 2014, Istanbul.
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Conference in California: Organic food systems, 1-2 November, 2014.

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ICROFS International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems

A ½ day seminar: Agro-biodiversity and Ecosystem services

Presentation by Urs Niggli, Professor and Director of Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland


Organic agriculture and biodiversity – a global review of research results


This presentation provides an overview of global research results that documents the effect of organic agriculture on biodiversity. It is underlined in the beginning of the presentation that the environmental impacts of Organic is well-documented compared with other certified labels (such as fair-trade, Rain Forest Alliance), and furthermore that a review of organic agriculture in global comparison studies found 66 studies with positive effect, 25 studies with no difference and 8 with negative effect.  


The positive effects of organic agriculture in terms of presence of predators, parasitoids, pollinators, earthworks, soil bacteria, and birds; the economic benefits; as well as the reasons for the higher biodiversity in organic farms are summarised.

Following, habitat management and functional biodiversity is discussed and the presentation is concluded with references to the trade-offs between food production and other ecosystem services and the need for strengthening synergies between food production and other ecosystem services.


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The European Union supports organic research in Europe.



The main idea of CORE organic is to coordinate research programmes between the 21 partner countries.


TP Organics

TP Organics is a European technology platform fororganic food and farming research. Read more...


The EU research project SOLID on Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying runs from 2011-2016. Read more...


The EU project, VOA3R, is aimed at sharing scientific and scholarly research related to agriculture, food, and environment. Read more...



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Danish R&D


Organic RDD 2
The danish Organic Research, Development and Demonstration Programme, RDD 2, runs from 2014-2018.


Organic RDD
The Danish Organic Research, Developmnent and Demonstration Programme, runs in 2011-2013.

The research programme DARCOF III runs in 2006- 2010 and consists of 15 individual projects, ending in 2010...





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