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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Apples dried in the SusOrgPlus drier

2019.10.09 | Research news

With intelligent drying and heat pump drying towards more sustainability

Drying of organic food is characterized by empirical approaches when it comes to product quality and system design. Alternative drying conditions and improved system control can improve the product quality and reduce the energy demand for the producers.

Piglets raised in an outdoor organic farm.

2019.10.08 | Research news

Do piglets in organic farms need iron supplementation?

This study within the CORE Organic Cofund project POWER, aimed at describing the practices in French organic pig farms regarding iron supplementation of piglets at birth and determine the iron status of the piglets at weaning. It shows that iron supplementation is necessary indoors but not outdoors.

2019.10.08 | Research news

What is the role of range use for infections with parasites in laying hens?

In organic layer farms a free-range area is provided for animal welfare reasons. Both higher and lower worm burden (Ascaridia, Heterakis and Capillaria) are described in hens housed in free-range systems compared to other systems. Parasite infections can reduce health, welfare and productivity. In the CORE Organic Cofund project FreeBirds, we…

2019.10.08 | Research news

Finding the best laying hens for organic farms

Preliminary results from a study conducted at Aarhus University, Denmark, for the Freebirds project suggest that laying hens of the Bovan’s Brown hybrid may be more robust and, therefore, better suited for production in an organic setting compared to hens of the Dekalb White hybrid.

French organic multi-species livestock farms surveyed in the framework of MIX-ENABLE.

2019.10.08 | News type

Farmers’ management practices determine sustainability patterns of French organic multi-species livestock farms.

A short description of the main content and main message of the article. Based on 31 surveys, we tried to relate sustainability patterns of French organic multi-species livestock farms to farm structures (types of production, area, livestock units, etc.) and farmers’ practices (rotating crops and pastures, co-grazing, etc.).

Holstein and Montbéliarde cows and calves grazing. INRA farm of Marcenat (Massif central, France)

2019.10.08 | News type

Natural nursing procedures implemented in French dairy farms

The early cow-calf separation is a common practice in most dairy farms, but it is questioned by both farmers and citizens. In the frame of the ProYoungStock CORE Organic project, alternative practices implemented by 102 French dairy farmers were described.

2019.10.08 | News type

Living mulches for weed control under the row – technical tips for the selection of suitable species

Living mulch has been evaluated through a participative approach involving researchers and producers. Several advantages, as well as some weak points, of the technique have been showed, and some technical tips have been issued from the practical activities.

Mulch with strawberry is used also as a commercial claim from the Colle Stefano Winery, involved in the research project.

2019.10.08 | News type

Technical tips for the use of strawberry as living mulch

The success of living mulches largely depends on some technical precautions to be taken, especially during the first year after installation. Thanks to a participative research approach, practical tips can now be provided to overcome the main critical points.

Photo: Thomas Alföldi, FiBL

2019.10.01 | News type

CORE Organic: a very sustainable network

In a duo interview, CORE Organics’ daily coordinator Ivana Trkulja from ICROFS and the EC project officer Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer of the Bioeconomy and Food Systems unit of DG RTD reflected on the achievements and the future ambitions of the ERA-NET partnership on organic food and farming.

2019.10.01 | News type

Overview of current CORE Organic projects

In 2016, CORE Organic Cofund consortium, including 26 partners from 19 countries, launched the 6th call supporting the European transnational research in organic food and farming.

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