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Congress: BIOFACH 2015 - the biggest organic congress in the world. 11.- 14. february, Nuremberg, Germany. The event for organic experts and a professional audience.

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Science Day is to take place on february 13, as part of BIOFACH. A joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming.

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General Assembly: European Geosciences Union, General Assembly 2015 12 - 17 April 2015 in Vienna, Austria.

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Conference: ICORIBA, the international conference on research in biodynamic agriculture. 27.-30. august 2015, University of Padova, Conegliano, Italy.

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Conference: 3rd African Organic Conference, 5-9 October 2015 in Nigeria. Theme: "Achieving Social and Economic Development through Ecological and Organic Agriculture Alternatives". Submission deadline for papers is end of March 2015, via organic eprints.


See the "How to submit full length paper to 3rd AOC"


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Chinese-Danish networking on Systemic Approaches to Pest Management without Pesticides

15-17 April, 2012
Boshan, Shandong Province, China


China Agricultural University (CAU) and ICROFS held in collaboration a workshop on Systemic Approaches to Pest Management without Pesticides. The workshop was an activity of the Chinese-Danish networking on Systemic Approaches to Pest Management without Pesticides funded by International Network Programme of the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The workshop was held in Boshan, Shandong Province, and was supported by the local authorities in Boshan District. Read more on Organic Agriculture in Boshan District.


Background for the workshop:

Minimization of the use of pesticides in organic as well as in conventional agriculture is a priority in Denmark and in China for food safety, environmental protection and economic reasons. There is an increasing demand for organic products in both countries; however, conversion to pesticide free management of the agricultural land at a larger scale requires research on systemic and integrated approaches to pest management at field and landscape level.
















Workshop Schedule:


Systemic approaches to pest management is characterised by an in-depth understanding of the agricultural system and integration of pest management in decisions from planning and design of the cropping system, over monitoring and early warning of pests, to direct pests management.


The systemic approach includes considerations to the ecology and complexities of the farming system and farming landscapes in contrast to the more narrow focus on replacing chemical pesticides with natural or bio pesticides. This may include crop rotation and intercropping; selection of resistant crops and varieties; agro-biodiversity/functional biodiversity (diversification at genetic, crop, landscape levels); as well as giving due considerations to specific challenges such as how to capture the traditional and existing innovative system method for pest management without pesticides and combine it with new knowledge and advanced methodologies.


A scientific challenge in pest management without pesticides is the need for further knowledge on the biology of key pests, their interaction with plants and with their natural enemies, and of the cropping system dynamics. For arable crops covering large areas, the use of healthy varieties, crop rotation, sanitation practices and ecological infrastructures is a particular focus for cultivation without pesticides.


Workshop Objectives:
The objective of the workshop was join expertise of Chinese and Danish researchers in order to identify and discuss joint research priorities and key challenges in developing systemic approaches to pest management without pesticides for outdoor crops, distinguishing between the needs of large area arable crops and high value fruit and vegetable production.


See also news on the workshop on the CAU website (in chinese)







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The European Union supports organic research in Europe.



The main idea of CORE organic is to coordinate research programmes between the 21 partner countries.


TP Organics

TP Organics is a European technology platform fororganic food and farming research. Read more...


The EU research project SOLID on Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying runs from 2011-2016. Read more...


The EU project, VOA3R, is aimed at sharing scientific and scholarly research related to agriculture, food, and environment. Read more...



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Organic RDD 2
The danish Organic Research, Development and Demonstration Programme, RDD 2, runs from 2014-2018.


Organic RDD
The Danish Organic Research, Developmnent and Demonstration Programme, ran from 2011-2013.

The research programme DARCOF III ran in 2006- 2010 and consisted of 15 individual projects.





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