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The European Union supports organic research in Europe.

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

 

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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, ran from 2011-2013.


DARCOF III
The research programme DARCOF III ran in 2006- 2010 and consisted of 15 individual projects.

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Cow - ICROFS International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems

 

DARCOF III project:

The effect of cropping systems on production and the environment

 

Project background

 

Project leaflet (dk)

Project leaflet (uk)



Objective
- to quantify the effect on productivity and environmental impacts of different organic and conventional cropping systems across a range of soil and climatic conditions.

 

- to identify management measures that can contribute significantly to a sustainable development of the individual cropping systems.

 

 

Preliminary results
The grain yields of organic grown spring barley with catch crops and manure was equally high as for conventional production. However, yields in organic grown winter wheat and potatoes were lower than in conventional cropping.


The experiments confirm that yields in organically cultivated cereals are limited by availability of nutrients (in particular nitrogen) and of weed competition (in particular perennial weeds). Pests and disease play a role on some crops like potatoes and faba beans.

Measurements of soil physical, chemical and microbial properties show that the better soil quality is found in the organic crop rotation with grass-clover and the poorest properties in the conventional rotation. A lower root biomass was measured in conventional cereals compared with organic treatments, despite higher grain yields in the conventional treatments.


 

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  Project leader

Research professor Jørgen E. Olesen, Aarhus University, Dept. of Agroecology and Environment, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele, Denmark
Tlf.: +45 89991659

E-mail: JorgenE.Olesen@agrsci.dk



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Within the last years the European Union has financed a growing numberof research projects in organic food and farming.

 

SOAR
Link to the Danish Research School for Organic Agriculture and Food Systems (SOAR).

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