CORE Organic Cofund is a collaboration between 27 partners in 19 countries/regions on initiating transnational research projects in the area of organic food and farming. CORE Organic Cofund has in total initiated twelve research projects based on funds from participating countries and funding from the European Commission.    

CORE Organic is an ERA-NET - a network of European ministries and research councils funding research in organic food systems at national levels. The main focus of the ERA-NET is to join forces and fund transnational research projects support a focused and coordinated research and innovation effort covering the most important challenges along the organic value chains.  

CORE Organic is the acronym for "Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems".

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News from CORE Organic

Tomato crop in a grass-clover mulch layer. Photo by: Patricia Schwitter, FiBL

2021.03.15 | Agriculture and food

Transfer mulch in organic greenhouses

A new leaflet from the project, "Greenresilient", outlines the benefits, risks and challenges of transfer mulch as well as how to use it in organic greenhouses.

Marigold is a good host plant for Macrolophus, as it provides pollen and nectar as well as tissue to deposit eggs for this species

2021.03.15 | Agriculture and food

How to use flower strips for pest control in greenhouses

A new leaflet from the project "Greenresilient" provides information about the choice of plant species; the best locations for flower strips, when and how to seed as well as how to optimise agroecological services.

2021.03.15 | Agriculture and food

The role of native breeds in securing a good animal health in organic cattle farming in Turkey

Turkey is a big country that has different regions reflecting different climatic conditions. Therefore, production methods in the organic cattle farms located in different geographical and ecological regions of the country are also different.

2021.03.10 | Agriculture and food

In total 24 full-proposals for the CORE Organic call "Organic farming systems for improved mixed plant and animal production"

The ERA-NET CORE Organic Cofund Third Call 2021 for research proposals was closed on 8 March 2021. A total number of 25 full-proposals has been submitted.

2021.01.11 | Agriculture and food

CORE Organic Cofund launches third research Call on ‘Organic farming systems for improved mixed plant and animal production

The EU has adopted ambitions targets to increase organic production as part of the European Green Deal indicated in the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies under the objective of 25% of the EU’s agricultural land under organic farming by 2030. This high target entails specific knowledge and research needs that can be sustained through new and…

Flow chart describing processes at different stages of the value chain for apples. (Photo by: SLU)
Apple drying chamber (Photo by: SINTEF)

2020.12.09 | Agriculture and food

Drying organic fruits to increase sustainability and food quality

In the SusOrgPlus project, the concept of heat pump drying and conventional drying were used to dry organic apples. This aims to improve product quality and sustainability through reducing environmental impacts.

The inter-row space Brassica cover crops in June at the experimental vineyard plot
Population of X. index nematodes after biofumigation compared to the initial population size

2020.12.07 | Agriculture and food

Brassica cover crops can reduce nematode pests

The possibility of controlling soil-borne pest nematodes by using Brassica* species. plants as cover crops in the inter-row space of vineyards followed by biomass incorporation and so called biofumigation was investigated in the CORE Organic Cofund project BIOVINE.

Figure 1: European environmental zones and number of farms in each category. Grey regions are environmental zones where none farm was assessed.
Figure 2: Distribution of farm production combinations in each environmental zone.
Figure 3: Relative livestock contribution to farm land productivity for each environmental zone.

2020.12.04 | Agriculture and food

Productivity of multi-species organic farms in Europe: initial insights toward sustainable livestock systems

Diversification of farming systems might provide significant environmental and socio-economic benefits. Multi-species livestock farms are complex, and therefore difficult to characterize; however, this complexity can potentially be an advantage for developing robust animal production systems. Here, the Mix-Enable project presents some initial…

For organic mixed livestock farmers, their work with nature and with their animals contribute to their satisfaction at work.

2020.12.04 | Agriculture and food

Between high workload and high satisfaction: The wellbeing of farmers running a mixed farm

Within the Mix-Enable project we interviewed farmers running mixed organic livestock farms to assess their individual satisfaction and wellbeing. Despite the high workload, the overwhelming majority of farmers rated their satisfaction at work as high or often high.

2020.12.04 | Agriculture and food

Greenresilient: relevant in Sweden and other partner countries

A recent article published in Viola, a Swedish magazine, explains what the Greenresilient project is doing and why is it important for Swedish producers. Find out more about the Swedish context as well as other Greenresilient partner countries.

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