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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.

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…

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