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TIPI Member Assembly 2017 - Agenda and registration


The Member Assembly of TIPI takes place on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 from 6:15 – 7:45 PM, immediately after the TIPI Pre-Conference.

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Another record year for organic agriculture worldwide - 50.9 million hectares of organic agricultural land – organic market grows to more than 80 billion US Dollars


The latest global data on organic farming worldwide will be presented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International at the BIOFACH world organic trade fair 2017 in Nuremberg. The statistical yearbook "The...

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


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 this project.

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Report from Science Day 2016 at BIOFACH


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 Technology Platform for...

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CGIAR's state of the art publication on innovation platforms


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, and thus evaluated...

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


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 was organized by the Organic...

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Science Day 2016: Register now


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 Platform of IFOAM and by TP...

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


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 better, yet the most recent...

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


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. The study reveals a...

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


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


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Report about the Workshop "Practicioners' Research Agenda"


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

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


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 crops.

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


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, PhD students and young...

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Organic agriculture research symposium extends deadline


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 deadline for submissions...

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New handbook: Organic in Europe - Prospects and Developments


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

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


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 Assistant/Associate...

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Global vision for organic farming research - Concept note


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

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


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.

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


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 Nikolai Fuchs, Nexus...

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Organic Eprints: New user manual


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 international open access...

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


The detailed program of the 4th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences and the preceding Organic Policy Summit is now available for download on

ICOAS offers peer reviewed scientific paper and poster sessions,...

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


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 topics: Societal and...

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Organic World Congress 2014: Call for papers for scientific track


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

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EAAP conference in Nantes: Session of the LowInputBreeds project


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

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Spotlight on the OrganicDataNetwork: Interview with project coordinator Raffale Zanoli


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.

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OrganicDataNetwork: Publications at Organic Eprints


A number of reports from the OrganicDataNetwork Project are now available online at the Organic Eprints Archive.

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Report of the Inaugural General Assembly of IFOAM Asia


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

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FiBL turns 40 – reminiscence and outlook


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 Federal Institute of...

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New at RSS feed


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 newsfeed simply copy...

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Finland: Researcher-stakeholder co-operation


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

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


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 products by guarantees...

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Second Newsletter of the OrganicDataNetwork project


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


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


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; aims to develop innovative methods, tools and concepts...

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


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

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


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.

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


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

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


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

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TIPI charter member list


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 viewed at this website. ...

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Third newsletter from the SOLID project now online


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 input dairy systems....

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FiBL activity report 2012 now online


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.

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New network on agroecology


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 Europe, North America...

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ICROFS News March 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 II project SafeOrganic) and  a  report about...

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


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


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Canada: New Platform for Innovation in Organic Agriculture


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.

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Science Day at BioFach 2013: Programme now available


The programme of Science Day is now available.

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Organic farming research needed to safeguard food in a changing climate


IFOAM President calls for global research network to empower farmers

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


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 Food Systems. The...

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


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

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Finnish Institute for Organic Food established


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 organization, and its...

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Laying hen performance in free range and organic systems reviewed


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 performance of various...

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First OrganicDataNetwork Newsletter


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 the European organic...

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Cherry fruit fly management: Promising alternatives reviewed


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 journal "Insects". The...

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FiBL Newsletter 3/2012 now available


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

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Meeting of the ICOPP project in Oxford, UK


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 (Coordination of European...

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


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 organic agricultural...

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OrganicDataNetwork presents achievements at project meeting


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 Agriculture in Frick,...

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International Organic Fruit Research Symposium: Recordings available


Video of 55 presentations now on-line

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


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.

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New book: Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods


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

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Organic farming enhances soil carbon stocks


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

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Conference in Cyprus informs about European organic research


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.

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


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.


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Genetically engineered crops increased pesticide use


Herbicide resistant genes driving greater use

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Journal Organic Agriculture: New articles online


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.

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


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 needs for the organic...

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


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 input fruit, grapevine,...

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6th Newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project


With progess reports and proceedings of the second LowInputBreeds Symposium.

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Apple thinning with potassium bicarbonate


New environmentally friendly method available

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


Organic, biodynamic and conventional wheat compared


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Norwegian study characterizes organic food consumption by pregnant women


Methodological challenges identified


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Organic wheat quality improved by cultural techniques


Reduced tillage, intercropping beneficial for bread wheat


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


National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition calls measure "misguided"


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Yield comparisons for organic and conventional agriculture


Article identifies differences and challenges

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Géza Kovács: In memory


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.

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United States: OFRF releases Land Grant Assessment


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.

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


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

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Rio+20 - Blog


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

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IFOAM and FiBL announce Global Organic Research Network


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 (IGORN).

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


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 the Secretary of...

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


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 secondary fertilizers within...

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IFOAM at the Rio+20 Conference


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 and the global...

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


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 breakout points” and...

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


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).

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Launch of OrganicDataNetwork project


Press release of the European project OrganicDataNetwork

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Northeast Organic Research Symposium in New York: Proceedings now available


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 Saratoga Springs, New York....

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Greenhouse gas emissions in coffee grown in conventional and organic management


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


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


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 agriculture in African...

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New publication: Organic crop breeding


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 overview and survey of...

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Trial for reduced tillage

Integrating reduced tillage and green manures in organic cropping systems


Media Release of the TILMAN-ORG Project

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