News archive

New platform for farmers to find organic solutions and exchange knowledge launched

(06.10.2016) 

A new platform - OK-Net Arable - aimed at filling the gap in the exchange of information between farmers across Europe was launched. The platform was developed by the European funded project OK-Net Arable; FiBL is a partner in... read more



Report from Science Day 2016 at BIOFACH

(06.04.2016) 

On 12 February 2016, the fourth Science Day took place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It was a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM and TP Organics, the European... read more



CGIAR's state of the art publication on innovation platforms

(30.03.2016) 

Creating impact: that is what agricultural research for development is designed for. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has long recognized the potential of innovation platforms in this respect,... read more



Organic Research Centre publishes proceedings of the 10th Organic Producers' Conference

(07.03.2016) 

The proceedings of the 10th Organic Producers' Conference in the UK - "Common ground: agroecology, food sovereignty and organic farming in practice"  was held in Bristol, UK, from 27-28 January 2016.The conference... read more



Science Day 2016: Register now

(21.12.2015) 

Registration for Science Day 2016 is now open. Science Day will take place on February 12, 2016, at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It is jointly organized by TIPI, the Technology Innovation... read more



USA: Investment in research, education and policy to support organic farmers needed

(03.12.2015) 

Organic farming is at an interesting crossroads, with consumer demand for organic food far outpacing production. The opportunity for both new organic farmers and conventional farmers transitioning to organic has never been... read more



More EU research money should be spent on organic farming according to new study

(28.10.2015) 

Increasing investment in research for organic farming will help to provide answers to many environmental and social issues of Europe’s farming systems, says a new study presented in the European Parliament at the end of October.... read more



Report from the conference "Organic production, Research and Innovation: setting priorities for the future" at Expo Milano

(12.07.2015) 

The European Commission organised the conference "Organic production, Research and Innovation: setting priorities for the future", as foreseen in the Action Plan on organic food and farming , adopted by the Commission on 24 March... read more



September 2 and 3, 2015: The National Conference on Organic Animal, Poultry and Aquatic Products in Iran

(08.07.2015) 

On September 2 and 3, 2015, the National Conference on Organic Animal, Poultry and Aquatic Products in Rasht, Iran. More information organicapap@gmail.com www.iscconferences.com/organic  read more



5th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS): Registration deadline prolonged

(07.05.2015) 

The deadline for registration for 5th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS) has been prolonged until 31st May 2015. More information is available at the conference website www.icoas2015.org.  read more



Report about the Workshop "Practicioners' Research Agenda"

(29.10.2014) 

On October12, 2014, TIPI held the workshop "Practitioners' Research Agenda" at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey.  read more



New study finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food

(14.07.2014) 

In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has proved that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown... read more



Video: A spotlight on young researchers in the TILMAN-ORG project

(04.07.2014) 

Within the TILMAN-ORG project on reduced tillage systems, four PhD theses and several master theses are being carried out. TILMAN-ORG offered an excellent platform to exchange between junior and senior researchers. For example,... read more



Organic agriculture research symposium extends deadline

(16.06.2014) 

The Organic Agriculture Research Symposium invites proposals for research paper presentations immediately before the Organic Farming Conference organized by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). The... read more



New handbook: Organic in Europe - Prospects and Developments

(04.03.2014) 

This publication provides an overview of developments and future prospects from the perspective of public policy support and market growth. read more



Assistant/Associate Professor (Organic Horticulture) at Dalhousie University, Canada

(26.02.2014) 

Applications are invited for a tenure stream position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in the study of Organic Horticulture. Reporting to the Chair, Department of Plant and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, the... read more



Global vision for organic farming research - Concept note

(23.01.2014) 

TIPI is currently drafting a global vision, strategic research agenda and action plan for organic farming research (short "global vision for organic farming research"). read more



April 8 & 9, 2014: Improving sustainability in crop and livestock production systems in Newcastle, UK

(30.12.2013) 

First announcement for free Workshops at Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK read more



Mesh crop covers: effect on reducing foliar blight on potatoes ?

(07.10.2013) 

Researchers from the Biological Husbandry Unit of Lincoln University in New Zealand - a member of TIPI* - are keen to find overseas collaborators interested in studying the blight effect of mesh crop covers. read more



New UNCTAD report urges to take "mosaic" approach to agriculture, boost support for small farmers

(21.09.2013) 

Recently the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013 was launched. At a press conference in the Geneva UN Office, Ulrich Hoffmann of UNCTAD, the United Nation's Conference of Trade and Development, FiBL director Urs Niggli and... read more



Organic Eprints: New user manual

(04.09.2013) 

The International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS) that is running Organic Eprints, made a new screen shot manual with screenshots from the new updated version of Organic Eprints. Organic Eprints is an... read more



4th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences: Programme now available

(03.09.2013) 

The detailed program of the 4th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences and the preceding Organic Policy Summit is now available for download on www.icoas2013.org. ICOAS offers peer reviewed scientific paper... read more



Well attended NJF seminar on Organic Farming Systems as a Driver for Change

(30.08.2013) 

120 researchers from more than 20 countries attended the NJF seminar Organic Farming Systems as a Driver for Change held in Vingsted, Denmark on 21-23 August. The program boasted more than 75 presentations covering the 4 main... read more



Organic World Congress 2014: Call for papers for scientific track

(26.08.2013) 

The next Organic World Congress will be held from 13-17 October 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. Papers can be submitted by September 30, 2013.  read more



EAAP conference in Nantes: Session of the LowInputBreeds project

(26.07.2013) 

The session "Breeding in low input production systems" will take place on Wednesday August 28, 2013. read more



December 2-4, 2013: Asia-Pacific Symposium Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organic Farming in Bangkok, Thailand

(21.07.2013) 

Call for papers  read more



Spotlight on the OrganicDataNetwork: Interview with project coordinator Raffale Zanoli

(19.07.2013) 

Marco Schlüter of the European Union Group of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU Group) and Professor Raffaele Zanoli, project coordinator, discuss the OrganicDataNetwork project. read more



OrganicDataNetwork: Publications at Organic Eprints

(19.07.2013) 

A number of reports from the OrganicDataNetwork Project are now available online at the Organic Eprints Archive. http://orgprints.org/view/projects/eu-OrganicDataNetwork.html read more



Report of the Inaugural General Assembly of IFOAM Asia

(03.07.2013) 

Members of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) met in the Republic of Korea for the Inaugural General Assembly of IFOAM Asia. read more



FiBL turns 40 – reminiscence and outlook

(29.06.2013) 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of FiBL, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. In fact, the institute’s history goes back even longer, to 1966, when Philippe Matile, professor of plant physiology at the Swiss... read more



Call for papers: 4th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS)

(27.06.2013) 

The call for papers and call for symposia are open for ICOAS 2013. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2013.  read more



New at Organic-Research.net: RSS feed

(14.06.2013) 

RSS is an easy way for you to always keep up-to-date with organic research news. All you need is a piece of software called an RSS reader which you can install on your computer for free. In order to receive the organic research... read more



Finland: Researcher-stakeholder co-operation

(13.06.2013) 

In 2013, a new project (LUTUNE) was started in Finland, to deepen the co-operation between researchers and advisors of organic farming.  read more



Call for papers: International Symposium on Organic Agriculture in the Mediterranean region and products with designation of origin

(07.06.2013) 

The international conference on organic agriculture in the Mediterranean will be held from the 2nd to 4th of December in Agadir, Morocco. A further important topic of the conference is distinguishing the quality of agricultural... read more



Second Newsletter of the OrganicDataNetwork project

(07.06.2013) 

The second issue of the Newsletter of the OrganicDatatNetwork project is now online.  read more



The first issue of the CO-FREE Newsletter is now available

(27.05.2013) 

The replacement of copper is a key priority in organic farming. The new EU-funded project “Innovative strategies for copper-free low input and organic farming systems” (CO-FREE; www.co-free.eu) aims to develop innovative methods,... read more



4th Latin American Congress on agroecology to take place in Lima, Peru

(10.05.2013) 

The 4th Latin American Congress on agroecology will take place September 10 to 12, 2013 at the University of La Molina in Lima, Peru. read more



Call for abstracts: Multicriteria assessment and communication of effects of organic food systems

(03.05.2013) 

The international conference "Multicriteria assessment and communication of effects of organic food systems" will take place at Aarhus University, Denmark, November, 25&26, 2013. Abstracts can be submitted by August 1, 2013.  read more



Better organic data for Europe: project launches discussion forum on the problems of compiling organic market data

(02.05.2013) 

Media release of April 30, 2013, of the OrganicDataNetwork project read more



How to improve organic market data collection? Workshop and project meeting report

(25.04.2013) 

Report from Kai Kreuzer about the first stakeholder workshop and the third meeting of the OrganicDataNetwork project.  read more



June 12 and 13, 2013: Scientific Workshop on Organic Pig Production in Denmark

(24.04.2013) 

On June 12th and 13th 2013 a scientific workshop on organic pig production will take place in Hovborg in Denmark. The newest results from five research projects will be presented at the workshop.  read more



June 25, 2013: TP Organics stakeholder Forum

(23.04.2013) 

The European Technology Platform Organics (TP Organics) is pleased to invite interested stakeholders to the upcoming stakeholder forum which will take place on 25 June 2013 in Brussels. The one-day event will serve as a... read more



TIPI charter member list

(19.04.2013) 

To the list of the charter members of TIPI - the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has now been supplemented with links and logos of the members. It can be... read more



Third newsletter from the SOLID project now online

(04.04.2013) 

The third newsletter from the SOLID project (Sustainable Organic and Low-Input Dairying) was recently issued. With two years completed of this five-year project, many results are being generated on key issues in organic and low... read more



FiBL activity report 2012 now online

(23.03.2013) 

The 2012 activity report of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture documents on 60 pages the advances made in FiBL's research and consultancy work. read more



New network on agroecology

(22.03.2013) 

Recently a network on agroecology was established. The aim of the network is to support higher education (especially PhD education) in agroecology. To start up the network more than 50 university teachers and researchers from... read more



ICROFS News March 2013

(22.03.2013) 

The latest edition of the ICROFS news is now online. It includes articles about organic research and agriculture in Korea; about restricted use of antibiotics in organic pig farming (from the CoreOrganic... read more



May 14 to 16, 2013: Symposium "Crop Protection Management in Mediterranean Organic Agriculture" in Sousse, Tunisia

(15.02.2013) 

From May 14 to 16, 2013 the Symposium "Crop Protection Management in Mediterranean Organic Agriculture" will take place in Sousse, Tunisia. It is jointly organised by the International Society of Organic Agricultural Research... read more



Food Quality and Health Conference June 5-7, 2013 - Register now

(16.01.2013) 

The Second International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health will take place in Warsaw June 5-7th 2013.  read more



Canada: New Platform for Innovation in Organic Agriculture

(16.01.2013) 

Canada’s organic market continues to grow and broaden at the consumer level, and the organic area is increasing (840'000 hectares in 2011). Progress is also made in organic farming research.  read more



Science Day at BioFach 2013: Programme now available

(11.01.2013) 

The programme of Science Day is now available.  read more



February 13, 2013: Session on Organic Market Data Networks at the BioFachCongress, Nürnberg

(10.01.2013) 

The session Organic Market Data Networks is organised by the European-funded SOLINSA project, which project aims to identify barriers to the development of Learning and Innovation Networks for sustainable agriculture (LINSA).  read more



March 18-22, 2013: Organic Agricultural Research and Training in West Africa: Presence, Challenges and Prospects in Sierra Leone

(07.01.2013) 

The conference "Organic Agricultural Research and Training in West Africa: Presence, Challenges and Prospects" will take place from March 18-22, 2013 at Njala University, Njala, Sierra Leone. read more



Organic farming research needed to safeguard food in a changing climate

(12.12.2012) 

IFOAM President calls for global research network to empower farmers read more



Niels Halberg to take on the position of director of the Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture

(07.12.2012) 

Niels Halberg will in the new year take on the position of director in the DCA – Danish Centre for Food and Agriculture, whilst at the same time continuing as centre leader of ICROFS – International Centre for Research in Organic... read more



February 13, 2013: Session on the European market for organic food at the BioFach Congress

(05.12.2012) 

On February 13, 2013 the annual session on the European market for organic food will take place at the BioFach Congress. This year it is organized by the European-funded research project OrganicDataNetwork.  read more



Join IFOAM at the Sustainability Camp: Live Broadcast on Monday, November 26

(25.11.2012) 

The Sustainability Camp is taking place November 23-26, 2012, at the Head Office of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Bonn, Germany. On Monday, October 26, the outcomes can be watched on... read more



Finnish Institute for Organic Food established

(23.11.2012) 

The University of Helsinki and the state research institute MTT Agrifood Research Finland have signed an agreement for co-operation to establish the Finnish Institute for Organic Food. The institute will function as network... read more



Laying hen performance in free range and organic systems reviewed

(16.11.2012) 

Laying hens in modern poultry systems have increasingly been bred for confinement and controlled climatic conditions. Researchers from the LowInputBreeds project in Switzerland, France and The Netherlands have looked at the... read more



First OrganicDataNetwork Newsletter

(13.11.2012) 

The first Newsletter of the OrganicDataNetwork project is now available at the project website. The project "Data network for better European organic market information" (OrganicDataNetwork) aims to increase the transparency of... read more



Cherry fruit fly management: Promising alternatives reviewed

(11.11.2012) 

Researchers from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Swiss University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) recently published a review of integrated management of the cherry fruit fly in the open-access on-line... read more



FiBL Newsletter 3/2012 now available

(07.11.2012) 

The latest newsletter of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) is now available at the institute's website.  read more



Meeting of the ICOPP project in Oxford, UK

(07.11.2012) 

Early October a meeting of the project "Improved Contribution of Local Feed to Support 100% Organic Feed Supply to Pigs and Poultry (ICOPP)" took place in Oxford, UK. The project is funded under the CORE Organic II scheme... read more



February 15, 2013: Science Day at BioFach, Nürnberg, Germany

(01.11.2012) 

The Science Day is held at the Nürnberg Messe, with speakers, workshops and the official launch of a new technology and innovation platform.  read more



United States: USDA awards 14 grants supporting research and marketing of organic agriculture

(30.10.2012) 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $19 million to research and extension programs to help organic producers and processors grow and market high quality... read more



OrganicDataNetwork presents achievements at project meeting

(24.10.2012) 

Twenty-eight participants attended the second meeting of the research project Data network for better European organic market information (OrganicDataNetwork) on October 4 and 5, 2012 at the Research Institute of Organic... read more



International Organic Fruit Research Symposium: Recordings available

(23.10.2012) 

Video of 55 presentations now on-line read more



Call for papers: Second International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health Research in Warsaw, Poland

(22.10.2012) 

The second International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health Research will take in Warsaw, Poland, from June 5 to 7, 2012. Papers should be summited by February 7, 2013.  read more



New book: Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods

(22.10.2012) 

Recently the book "Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods", edited by Niels Halberg, ICROFS, and Adrian Müller, FiBL was published by Routledge.  read more



Organic farming enhances soil carbon stocks

(17.10.2012) 

New study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) read more



Call for papers: Third LowInputBreeds Symposium/64th Annual EAAP Meeting

(16.10.2012) 

The third symposium of the European-funded research project LowInputBreeds project will take place in Nantes, France, from the 26th to the 30th of August 2013. It will be held in the framework of the 64th Annual Meeting of the... read more



Conference in Cyprus informs about European organic research

(14.10.2012) 

From 24 to 26 September 2012 the Organic Days were held in Larnaca on Cyprus. One of the conference days was dedicated to organic farming research.  read more



Call for papers: NJF seminar Organic farming systems as a driver for change

(13.10.2012) 

The 461th Seminar of the Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists will take place August 21-23, 2012 in Denmark. Papers can be submitted by February 15, 2013.  read more



Genetically engineered crops increased pesticide use

(03.10.2012) 

Herbicide resistant genes driving greater use read more



Journal Organic Agriculture: New articles online

(06.09.2012) 

Organic Agriculture is the official journal of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research. Articles of volume 2 are now available as before print publications.  read more



Africa: First steps taken towards developing a research and innovation agenda for organic agriculture

(29.08.2012) 

At the occasion of the 2nd organic conference in Lusaka, Zambia, in May 2012, a number of organisations arranged a side event with the objective "to initiate a process for developing a common research agenda for Africa based on... read more



CO-FREE project on copper-free farming systems: Project website now online

(29.08.2012) 

The European funded project Innovative strategies for copper-free low input and organic farming system (CO-FREE) aims to develop innovative methods, tools and concepts for the replacement of copper in European organic and low... read more



6th Newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project

(20.08.2012) 

With progess reports and proceedings of the second LowInputBreeds Symposium.  read more



Apple thinning with potassium bicarbonate

(17.08.2012) 

New environmentally friendly method available read more



Swiss DOK trial: Sensory, yield and quality differences by production system

(16.08.2012) 

Organic, biodynamic and conventional wheat compared  read more



Norwegian study characterizes organic food consumption by pregnant women

(08.08.2012) 

Methodological challenges identified  read more



Organic wheat quality improved by cultural techniques

(24.07.2012) 

Reduced tillage, intercropping beneficial for bread wheat  read more



United States: Research matching funds requirement proposed in US Farm Bill

(23.07.2012) 

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition calls measure "misguided"  read more



Yield comparisons for organic and conventional agriculture

(16.07.2012) 

Article identifies differences and challenges  read more



Géza Kovács: In memory

(01.07.2012) 

Hungarian researcher Dr. Géza Kovács died suddenly on 21 June 2012. A Senior Scientist at the Agricultural Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Mártonvásár, Kovács served as Curator of the Cereal Genebank.  read more



United States: OFRF releases Land Grant Assessment

(20.06.2012) 

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) recently released its report on its assessment of organic agricultural research and education programs in the US Land Grant University (LGU) system.  read more



FAO releases test version of Guidelines for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Assessments

(20.06.2012) 

The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released the first test version of its Guidelines for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Assessments (SAFA).  read more



Rio+20 - Blog

(15.06.2012) 

Blog by Urs Niggli, director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland.  read more



IFOAM and FiBL announce Global Organic Research Network

(14.06.2012) 

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) announced at the UN Rio+20 Conference the formation of the IFOAM Global Organic Research Network... read more



USDA seeks nominations for the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board

(12.06.2012) 

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations for the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board. This Congressionally established committee provides advice to... read more



CORE Organic II: Call for proposals for efficient nutrient use in organic farming systems

(12.06.2012) 

CORE Organic II, a European transnational research cooperation project supported by the European Union, has launched a new pilot call for proposals on the sustainable and efficient management of phosphorous and the use of... read more



IFOAM at the Rio+20 Conference

(12.06.2012) 

Twenty years on from the original Earth Summit, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is present in Rio with a comprehensive and integrated advocacy program aimed at positioning organic agriculture... read more



First Conference of the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi)

(05.06.2012) 

Over 400 participants attended the first conference of the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) on February 2, 2012. The conference theme was the “State of organic agriculture in Hungary - Trends and... read more



Research in organic agriculture across the Mediterranean Basin: Actors, structures and topics

(26.04.2012) 

In 2010 a study on Research in the Mediterranean countries was published by the Mediterraean Agronomic Institute in Bari (IAMB) in collaboration with the Mediterranean Organic Agriculture Network (MOAN).  read more



Launch of OrganicDataNetwork project

(07.04.2012) 

Press release of the European project OrganicDataNetwork read more



Northeast Organic Research Symposium in New York: Proceedings now available

(26.03.2012) 

Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New York (NOFA-NY) and the US Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Education Initiative (OREI) conducted a two-day research symposium on January 19 and 20 in... read more



Greenhouse gas emissions in coffee grown in conventional and organic management

(18.03.2012) 

Recently the paper "Greenhouse gas emissions in coffee grown with differing input levels under conventional and organic management" was published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment.  read more



Second African Organic Conference in Lusaka, Zambia: Conference details now available

(15.03.2012) 

The date of the 2nd African Organic Conference (AOC2) ”Mainstreaming organic agriculture in the African development agenda” will be held May 2 to 4, 2012 in Lusaka, Zambia. The conference will promote mainstreaming of organic... read more



New publication: Organic crop breeding

(26.02.2012) 

Organic Crop Breeding is a new collection of articles published by Professor Edith T. Lammerts van Bueren of Wageningen University and Professor Jim Myers, Plant Breeding at Oregon State University. The editors offer an... read more



July 2-13, 2012: 2nd International Summer School Programme in Organic Agriculture in Nigeria

(04.02.2012) 

The 2nd International Summer School Programme in Organic Agriculture to take place in Nigeria in July 2012 represents an excellent opportunity to learn about tropical organic agriculture in a West African setting, to explore... read more



Integrating reduced tillage and green manures in organic cropping systems

(03.01.2012) 

Media Release of the TILMAN-ORG Project read more