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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

2021.03.29 | Agriculture and food

Smart and sustainable food processing of organic fresh produce: what’s promising, what’s new?

Experts from research and industry will discuss about smart and low energy input processing chains, natural food additives and colourants, and supportive material for a code of practice to increase sustainability and consumer acceptance of organic food stuffs. Among other contributions, the workshop will present the final results of the EU…

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.

Broilers
Cattle

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

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