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2021.07.16 | Research news

5 proposals selected in the CORE Organic call "Organic farming systems for improved mixed plant and animal production"

Based on the expert evaluation, on 29 June 2021, the Call Board selected for funding 5 project consortia in the sub-topics: Robust and resilient mixed animal farming systems and Support for robust and resilient crop production systems.

2021.07.05 | Agriculture and food

How to assess weed biodiversity: exploiting weeds' functionality in greenhouses

The latest video from Greenresilient explains how we investigate weed communities response to different management strategies by assessing weed diversity and functionality.

Pigs in a rooting area filled with wood chips and bordered by high partitions. Photo by: Thomsen/Center for Frilandsdyr
A rack with grass silage in the outdoor run allows exploration of edibles throughout the day. Photo by: Wimmler/BOKU
Showers in the outdoor run are easy to implement and effective to reduce heat stress. Photo by: Holinger/FiBL

2021.06.24 | Agriculture and food

What makes outdoor runs clean and attractive for pigs?

Outdoor access for organic pigs shall be enriching for animals and harmless to the environment. But how to design concrete outdoor runs that ensure natural behaviour, animal health and reduce pen soiling leading to ammonia emissions?

2021.06.24 | Agriculture and food

Webinar 28 Sep. 2021 at 10am: Main results of the MIX-ENABLE project

The partners of the MIX-ENABLE project invite to a final webinar on September 28, 2021 at 10am to present their main results.

2021.06.24 | Agriculture and food

Learn to grow vegetables in the winter: two Greenresilient factsheets published

It must be every hobby gardener’s dream to harvest fresh vegetables from their own garden, raised bed or unheated greenhouse in the winter. The good news: this dream can become reality with the two new Greenresilient factsheets

2021.06.24 | Agriculture and food

How to monitor soil health with DNA-metabarcoding of nematode communities – new video from Greenresilient project

Nematodes respond easily and differently to external stimuli, making them excellent bioindicators. The new Greenresilient video explains how to use DNA-metabarcoding to identify nematodes

Fig. 1: Services related to different plant families. (R=weed resuction effect, N=nutritional effect, B=biofumigant effect). Source: Ciaccia et al. 2019.
Photo 1: Agroecological service crops in Southern European greenhouse factsheet

2021.06.24 | Agriculture and food

New innovative tool for provisioning ecological services in Southern European greenhouses. 

Agroecological service crops are an innovative tool for provisioning ecological services like contributing to soil fertility, plant nutrition and reducing weed, pest and disease incidence in the following crop in the rotation.

Estonian Native cow with her new-born calf on pasture at Riido organic farm, island of Saaremaa. Photo by Ragnar Leming.

2021.06.24 | Agriculture and food

Working with Estonian organic dairy farmers to set goals and improve health

In Estonia, organic production has recently developed rapidly and the share of organic land in the total agricultural area is approximately 23%. However, organic milk production has not increased, and many current farmers were also the pioneers from the start. Reasons for the relatively low proportion of organic dairy herds have been investigated…

2021.06.24 | Agriculture and food

Pest and disease control in organic apple production with a temporary cover system

How can the use of pesticides in intensively managed organic orchards be further reduced? One approach is to use cover systems that protect the trees against rain and pests. This was tested within the DOMINO project, and interim conclusions are presented in a video.

Photo 1:Top view of the experimental site at ILVO (Belgium) with two mobile chicken houses, and the two different ranges per chicken house with a hazelnut/grassland zone and willow zone
Fig. 1: Average percentages of tracked* chicken per house (A or B) per hour of the day registered at RFID antennas positioned at pop-holes of the mobile chicken house (Barn), 15 m out in the grass-zone (Field), near the barn in the willow-zone (NearBarn) and 15 m out in the willow-zone (Willow) over a period of two weeks
Fig. 2: Average percentages of tracked1 chicken per house (A or B)2 by ambient temperature per hour of the day registered at RFID3 antennas positioned at pop-holes of the mobile chicken house (Barn), 15 m out in the grass-zone (Field), near the barn in the willow-zone (NearBarn) and 15 m out in the willow-zone (Willow) over two periods of tracking
Photo 2: Mobile chicken house in the hazelnut/grassland zone 
Photo 3: Willow zone

2021.06.23 | Agriculture and food

Agroforestry with organic chickens: a perfect symbiosis?

In the Freebirds project, two agroforestry systems with chickens and different type of vegetation have been tested

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