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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2021.03.16 | Agriculture and food

Consumer preferences for milk are very heterogeneous

A consumer survey that was conducted within the CORE Organic ProOrg project shows that consumer preferences for milk are very heterogeneous. Following a segmentation approach, four distinct consumer groups were identified.


2021.03.16 | Agriculture and food

Are there any benefits in keeping young cattle and broilers on the same pasture?

Over the last three years, the Thuenen Institute of Organic Farming in Northern Germany conducted experiments with joint and separate grazing of young cattle and broilers as part of the project “MIX-ENABLE”. Preliminary results indicate that the broilers benefit with fewer losses due to predatory birds whereas no effect on the young cattle was…

Nettles cultivated or wild are suitable to be processed as functional powders and extracts. They are rich in health benefitting compounds like carotenoids and phenolic compounds and can be used to enrich pasta doughs and to prepare functional crackers.

2021.03.16 | Agriculture and food

Value added products from the forgotten crop - Urtica dioica

Stinging nettle harvested wild or cultivated can unlock possibilities for organic additives for enriching foods.

Nettle flour crackers
Sensorial analysis of nettle  flour crackers
Sensorial analysis of nettle  flour crackers
Dill  grissini
Sensorial analysis of dill  grissini
Sensorial analysis of yogurt enriched with raspberries

2021.03.16 | Agriculture and food

What about the consumer acceptance of organic products with natural food additives and colourants?

SusOrgPlus developed and evaluated novel natural food additives/colourants used to improve sensorial and nutritional quality of organic products

2021.03.16 | Agriculture and food

How to increase belowground biodiversity by strip cropping systems

Strip or intercropping systems, where two instead of one crop are grown at a time, can increase the functional biodiversity of the soil. A Practice Abstract has been released on this topic as an outcome of the SureVeg project

2021.03.16 | Agriculture and food

Almighty Cover Crops

In the BIOVINE project, cover crops are tested in vineyards for several plant protection purposes

One of the free-ranging areas covered with vegetation and with sand box in the left side of the ranging area.
The popular slow-growing broiler hybrid Sasso.
The Polish heritage chicken Green-legged Partridge.

2021.03.15 | Agriculture and food

Organic chickens using the free-ranges are often in better welfare condition

Results from a study conducted at the Institute of Genetics and Animal Biotechnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences for the Freebirds project suggest that outdoor-preferring individuals of both commercial (Sasso) and Polish heritage (Green-legged Partridge) chickens presented better welfare condition.

Free range with artificial shelters

2021.03.15 | Agriculture and food

Free range soil: more management, less nutrient levels, better environment

Management of an outdoor range is one of the main issues in organic egg production; in fact, hens tend to stay close to the barn with consequently accumulation of droppings. Therefore, this area is often highly loaded with nutrients. Results from the FreeBirds project can show how management strategies can help to prevent accumulation of nutrients…

Figure 1: Fertilisers used in the trial. First Row from top: Horn grit, vinasse (bi-product of sugar production), biogas digestates, compost. Second row from top: Clover grass silage, clover grass pellets, spring peas.
Figure 2: Nutrient input of the fertilisers with a target value of 25 kg N ha-1 (mean values for 2018 and 2019).
Figure 3: Nutrient budget resulting out of the difference between nutrient input by fertilisers and output via fruit take off (mean value of 2018 and 2019).

2021.03.15 | Agriculture and food

Alternative fertilisers in intensive organic apple production

In organic apple production different multi-nutrient fertilisers from conventional farming (e.g. poultry manure, keratin products) are used, which usually don’t have the same nutrient ratio as needed by the crop. This can lead to an accumulation of non-target nutrients in the soil and thus an unbalanced nutrient status which may result in deficits…

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.

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