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ICROFS NEWS, November 2016


New platform for farmers to find organic solutions and exchange knowledge
The complexity of organic farming requires farmers to have a very high level of knowledge and skills. But exchange on organic farming techniques remains limited. OK-Net Arable has launched a platform – aimed at filling the gap in the exchange of information between farmers across Europe.

One step closer to unsprayed apple production
Apples and pears grown under a narrow plastic roof or a plastic awning are less likely to be infected by scab and fruit rots. In fact, the results are so convincing that a profitable production of unsprayed fruit, at an acceptable price, is within reach.

Non-leguminous forbs in productive temporary grasslands
Plant diversity is often low in European grasslands with a major dominance of grass-clover mixtures. Recently there has been growing interest in multi-species grasslands for the purpose of increasing plant productivity and sustainability of grass-arable cropping systems.

Forb-containing grass-clover mixtures deliver multiple ecosystem services
Inclusion of competitive forb species – chicory, caraway or plantain – in commonly practiced grass-clover mixtures is a promising strategy in intensively managed European grasslands to achieve multiple ecosystem services.

Post-harvest effect of cover crops on creeping thistle Circium arvense
Cover crops produce a post-harvest effect on weed control by moving nitrogen (N) to the topsoil. This enhances the N uptake of succeeding barley crop, especially at early stages, and limits the access of thistle to the subsoil N.

First feeding behavior: A potential tool to select robust trout for organic aquaculture
The RobustFish project is testing the selection of trout larvae according to their developmental rate in order to obtain fish that are naturally more robust against stress and disease for organic aquaculture.

19th Organic World Congress in India
Every three years sector stakeholders come together at the Organic World Congress (OWC), the world’s largest and most significant organic gathering, to discuss and deliberate the issues of the day. The congress takes place from 09-11 November, 2017. Deadline for submission of papers is 30 November, 2016.

NJF Conference: 'Organics for Tomorrow's Food Systems'
Dialogue and cooperation between stakeholders are necessary for implementation of research. The aim of this conference is to discuss recent research outcomes within organic food and farming and its societal interactions. Abstract submission begins 15th of December 2016 and ends on the 28th of February 2017. The conference is held from 19th-21th of June, 2017.

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