Pre-announcement of the CORE Organic Plus call
CORE Organic will launch a joint call for research proposals within organic food and farming systems in December 2013. The call budget is more than 11 million euros. The provisional call text and indicative call budget by country are ready now and are published in the pre-announcement together with the call schedule and the list of national contact points. The four thematic research areas of the call are:
-Crop: Plant/Soil interaction in organic crop production
-Functional biodiversity to improve management of diseases, weeds and pests
-Livestock health management system including breeding
-Ensuring quality and safety of organic food along the processing chain. Read more....
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...