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CORE Organic Newsletter, May 2016


Dear reader
Thirteen CORE Organic projects are running at the moment and producing exciting results, but we have to plan ahead to continue the funding of transnational research.
In February 2016, the CORE Organic network submitted an application for support from the EC for the next joint call. The Horizon2020 work programme for 2016 foresees 5 million euro for an ERA-NET on organic agriculture. The funding bodies have allocated around 11.5 million euro for transnational research and the call is expected to be launched in early December 2016.

This newsletter informs you on-going and finished CORE Organic projects.
Enjoy reading.



Best regards,

Ulla Sonne Bertelsen,
ICROFS, 
CORE Organic project manager
 

NEWS


New analytical methods to discriminate between organic and conventional crops
The project AuthenticFood (2011-2015) developed and tested a wide range of analytical methods for their ability to discriminate organic and conventional plant products. The researchers concluded that plants contain unique chemical fingerprints from their growth environment including the soil mineralogy and fertilization history.


Varietal choice improves P use efficiency in Improve-P trials
Agricultural production is dependent on non-renewable sources of P and farmers need to use P inputs as efficiently as possible. Experiments in Denmark and the UK showed that the efficiency of P use in organic potatoes can be improved if late-season varieties with vigorous top and root growth are used.



Alternative phosphorus fertilizers: New fact sheets assessing the use of meat and bone meal and urban organic wastes 
The loss of phosphorus in exported products is a concern for all organic producers. The IMPROVE-P team compiled factsheets on meat and bone meal and recycled urban organic wastes in organic farming. Get a comprehensive overview of the current information.



Video: Improving health and welfare of organic dairy cows
The aim of the OrganicDairyHealth project is to improve health and welfare in organic dairy cows. Watch Anna Wallenbeck (Sweden), Ute Knierim (Germany) and Jan Tind Sørensen (Denmark) explain how they combine breeding and management measures to achieve this goal in a new video.



Video: Improving health in native dual-purpose cattle
The principle of organic breeding is to adapt the cow towards the local and natural production system. In this video, Maria Jaeger and Sven König explain how the characterization of pasture based production systems, novel data recording, and genetic evaluations will lead to optimized breeding programs for dual-purpose cattle.



EcoOrchard - Innovative design and management to boost functional biodiversity of organic orchards 
Functional agrobiodiversity (FAB) uses orchard design and management to gain more natural enemies, making orchards more robust to pests. The project aims to collect existing knowledge and generate new, in order to use FAB successfully in orchards.



Effects of processing on phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables 
The FAVORDENONDE project is focussing on the quality of products deriving from the processing chain. Special attention is paid to local varieties, and to simple and small processing facilities. 





Crop diversity prevents serious weed problems
Weed management in organic crop production could benefit from more diversification of today’s cropping systems. However, the potential of diversification needs better documentation and solid suggestions for employment in practise must be identified.
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