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Sown cover crops within a Slovenian vineyards 
Photo: Špela Modic, Kmetijski inštitut Slovenije

2020.04.28 | Agriculture and food

Can cover crops reduce arthropod pests in vineyards?

To control arthropod pests, cover crops can either directly repel harmful species or indirectly favour beneficials. In the CORE Organic Cofund project BIOVINE plant species are tested for their capacity to reduce the impact of arthropod pests.

Katrin Zander presents first findings from the "ProOrg project". Photo: ProOrg project

2020.04.28 | Agriculture and food

Careful, Gentle, Minimal: What are the principles of organic processing?

A joint workshop was held at Biofach 2020 about the projects ProOrg and SusOrgPlus, which both deal with research topics around careful and organic processing. Furthermore, the workshop gave a practical example from a Latvian company.

2020.04.02 | Agriculture and food

29 full-proposals for joint call “Towards sustainable and organic food systems"

The Joint Call of the ERA-NETs SUSFOOD2 & CORE Organic Cofund full-proposals phase closed on 27 March 2020. A total number of 29 full-proposals were submitted in the Joint Call of ERA-NET SUSFOOD2 and CORE Organic Cofunds.

2020.04.02 | Agriculture and food

In which areas are research needed within organic fruit producing farms in Europe?

Within the CORE Organic project DOMINO, a questionnaire-based survey was conducted to evaluate the current status in organic farming including the structure of the farm, biodiversity, fertilization, and areas with need for research. The results are used to draw conclusions for the development of the project

2020.03.30 | Agriculture and food

Tannin extracts to modulate ruminant digestion and reduce environmental impacts

To balance productivity, reduce pollutant emissions by the ruminants and improve product quality, the use of natural compounds with bioactivity on digestive processes, namely tannin extracts, is investigated in the ProYoungStock project

Organic tomato (Figure 1) variety Pera d'Abruzzo

2020.02.07 | Agriculture and food

Development of new organic ingredients from the tomato variety “Pera d’Abruzzo”

Consumers concern on environmental and health issues related to nutrition. In this regard, the consumption of organic food is increasing worldwide and organic food often is expected to be produced more sustainable and provide more healthy properties than the correspondent conventional ones. In the CORE Organic Cofund project SusOrgPlus natural…

Colony of a Dactylonectria torresensis strain obtained from the roots of Trifolium repens in Switzerland. Photo by dr. Josep Armengol

2020.02.07 | Agriculture and food

Searching for grapevine fungal trunk pathogens on cover crop roots

The potential role of cover crops as alternative hosts for soil-borne fungi plant diseases has not been thoroughly explored. Root samples from cover crops from experimental plots in the CORE Organic Cofund BIOVINE project has been analysed to find out more.

2020.02.06 | Agriculture and food

Cover crops can mitigate effects on grape pathogen dispersal

Different kind of ground covers has been indicated as an efficient way to limit rain-splashed dispersal of disease-causing spores in several crops, but not in vineyards. In the CORE Organic Cofund project BIOVINE cover crops are tested to reduce both splash- and air-borne diseases.

2020.02.05 | Agriculture and food

Video from Greenresilient

Innovative production in the greenhouse: flower strips, mixed crops, plant mulch

Calves can grow up as part of the dairy herd, and the system needs to be organised to fit both needs of cows and calves. Here we see a calf with nose-flap, which is one option of gentle weaning. Photo Cynthia Verwer.

2020.02.05 | Agriculture and food

What are farmers’ perceptions and experiences of dam-rearing in organic dairy herds?

Interviews with farmers and other actors, carried out in the CORE Organic Cofund project GrazyDaiSy, bring forward perspectives related to calves, cows, humans and systems, of relevance for future development of dam-rearing systems.

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