21 November 2019
Agroforestry event in Melton Mowbray

A Win Win for Farm productivity and the Environment

3 December 2019
iSAGE training course and workshop

Innovations to improve sustainability in the sheep and goat sector



4 November 2019
Calling all UK Sheep farmers!

Survey on breed distribution and management

31 October 2019
Proceedings of the European Conference on Crop Diversification

Abstracts, presentations and workshop reports now online



21 March 2019
In adversity, what are farmers doing to be more resilient?

Opportunities, barriers and constraints in organic techniques helping to improve the sustainability of conventional farming

Dr. Bruce Pearce

Job title

Director of Research and Innovation

Contact details

Email prefix: bruce.p (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 646232 - extn. 6232
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 0HR

Academic qualifications

PhD: "The Control of Tomato Fruit Growth' 1992: The University of Liverpool and Horticulture Research International, Littlehampton.
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences 1987. Wolverhampton Polytechnic (now The University of Wolverhampton).

Main roles and responsibilities

  • Executive Director
  • Management of the ORC research and technical programmes
  • Human Resources
  • Quality Assurance

Research interests

His research in recent years has focused on implications of GM, research priorities, participatory research methods and systems research. Currently developing work on monogastric diet and production systems.

External activities

  • Director GM Freeze.

Selected publications

Refereed publications

Padel S, Levidow L, Pearce B (2019) UK farmers’ transition pathways towards agroecological farm redesign: evaluating explanatory models, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems' DOI: 10.1080/21683565.2019.1631936

Clements RC, Higham LE, Smith J, Gerrard CL, Colley MC, Zaralis K, Nelder R, Pearce B, Rayner A, and Bright A (2015). Exploring the Feasibility of Using Silage-Based Feed with Alternative Sources of Protein in Organic Pig Rations. Organic Farming 1 (1), 50-56. DOI: 10.12924/of2015.01010050

Gerrard LG, Smith J, Nelder R, Bright R, Colley M, Clements R, Pearce BD. (2015). 100% Organic Poultry Feed: Can Algae Replace Soybean Expeller in Organic Broiler Diets? Organic Farming. 1(1). 38-45. DOI: 10.12924/of2015.01010038

Smith LG, Tarsitano D, Topp CFE, Stephanie K, Jones SK, Gerrard CL, Pearce BD, Williams AG and Watson CA. (2015). Predicting the effect of rotation design on N, P, K balances on organic farms using the NDICEA model. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 1-14. DOI: 10.1017/S1742170515000381.

Smith LG, Williams AG and Pearce BD. (2015). The energy efficiency of organic agriculture: A review. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 30(03). 280-301. DOI: 10.1017/S1742170513000471

Smith J, Pearce BD and Wolfe MS. (2013). Reconciling productivity with protection of the environment: Is temperate agroforestry the answer? Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 28(01). 80-92. doi:10.1017/S1742170511000585

Smith J, Pearce BD and Wolfe MS. (2012). A European perspective for developing modern multifunctional agroforestry systems for sustainable intensification. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. doi:10.1017/S1742170511000597

Gerrard CL, Smith LG, Pearce B, Padel S, Hitchings R, Measures M, and Cooper N. (2012).Public goods and farming Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, 1, Volume 10, Farming for Food and Water Security, Pages 1-22.

Selected Conference Papers

Karley A, Banfield-Zadin J, Bickler C, Bliss K, Brooker R, Iannetta P, Midmer A, Mitchell C, Newton A, Pakeman R, Pearce B, Tippin L, George D (2019) Knowledge Exchange in ‘Plant Team’ Cropping with On-Farm Participatory Research. In First European Conference on Crop Diversification. September 18-21, 2019 Budapest. Book of abstracts. 56-57.

Tippin L, Banfield-Zanin J, Midmer A, Bickler C, Manfield A, Karley A, George D, Pearce B (2019) The perceived or realised practical restrictions imposed by Plant Teams. In First European Conference on Crop Diversification. September 18-21, 2019 Budapest. Book of abstracts. 284-286.

Bliss K, Bickler C, Villa A, Tippin L, Vieweger A, Meldrum J, Padel S, Pearce B, Lea M (2019) Getting out of the commodity trap: Enabling diversity through alternative food networks. In First European Conference on Crop Diversification. September 18-21, 2019 Budapest. Book of abstracts. 310-311.

Padel S, Egan J, Rubenstein O, Woolford A, Pearce B (2017). Transitions to Agroecological Systems: Farmers’ Viewpoints. Aspects of Applied Biology 136, Sustainable Intensification, pp. 27-32

Pearce BD, Lampkin NH, Leake A, Padel S (2017) The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification Aspects of Applied Biology 136, Sustainable Intensification, pp. 53-62

Pearce BD. (2015). Insights from the Temporary EU Marketing Experiment - and the Marketing of - Cereal Populations. COBRA conference within The Danish Organic Congress 2015 – Successes and Challenges. Vingstead, Denmark. 24-26 November 2015.

Fradgley N, Howlett S, Wolfe MS and Pearce BD. (2015). Winter wheat variety performance in organic and conventional farming systems and the potential for organic plant breeding in the UK. COBRA conference within The Danish Organic Congress 2015 – Successes and Challenges. Vingstead, Denmark. 24-26 November 2015.

Smith LG, Tarsitano D, Topp CFE, Jones SK, Gerrard CL, Pearce BD and Williams AG. (2015). Assessing the influence of rotation design on the N, P, K balance of organic cropping systems. Aspects of Applied Biology: Valuing long-term sites and experiments for agriculture and ecology. 128. 157-164. AAB.

Berry D, and Pearce BD. (2014). The historical relations between intellectual property and plant breeding: A collaboration between the University of Leeds and the Organic Research Centre, Newbury. History and Plant Sciences: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Angers, 8 and 9 December 2014. Université d’Angers, France.

MacMillan T, and Pearce, B, (2014) Duchy Originals Future Farming Programme – A practical, farmer led approach to innovation. IFOAM Organic World Congress 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, 13-15 October 2014.

Gerrard CL, Smith J, Nelder R, Bright A, Clements R, and Pearce B. (2014) 100 % Organic feed for poultry – results of feed trials in the UK. In: Rahmann G and Aksoy U (Eds.): Building Organic Bridges. Proceedings of the 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference 13-15 Oct. 2014, Istanbul, Turkey. Thuenen Report 20, Braunschweig, Germany. Pages: 1147-1150.

Smith J, Gerrard CL, Nelder R, Clements R, and Pearce B. (2014) 100% Organic feed for pigs – results of feed trials in the UK. In: Rahmann G and Aksoy U (Eds.): Building Organic Bridges. Proceedings of the 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference 13-15 Oct. 2014, Istanbul, Turkey. Thuenen Report 20, Braunschweig, Germany. Pages: 1151-1154

Smith J, Girling R, Wolfe MS, and Pearce B. (2014) Agroforestry: integrating apple and arable production as an approach to reducing copper use in organic and low-input apple production. In: Agriculture and the Environment X: Delivering Multiple Benefits from our Land: Sustainable Development in Practice, 15-16 Apr 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland, pp. 278-284.

Gerrard CL, Smith LS, Pearce BD, Padel SP and Measures M. (2012). Assessing the provision of public goods: two alternative approaches, SAC/SEPA conference - Agriculture and the Environment IX, Valuing Ecosystems: Policy, Economic and Management Interactions, Edinburgh, p59-64, 2012

Döring TF, Baddeley JA, Brown RJ, Collins R, Crowley O, Cuttle S, McCalman H, Pearce B, Roderick S, Stobart R, Storkey J, Watson C, Wolfe M, and Jones HE. (2012) Legume based plant mixtures for delivery of multiple ecosystem services: An overview of benefits. In: McCracken, K (Ed.) Agriculture and the Environment IX, Valuing Ecosystems: Policy, Economic and Management Interactions, pp. 150-155.

Other publications

Padel S, Rubenstein O, Woolford A, Egan J, Leake A, Levidow L, Pearce B, Lampkin N (2017) Transitions to Agroecological Systems: Farmers’ Viewpoints. A Report for the Landuse Policy Group. Newbury and Fordingbridge: Organic Research Centre and Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Lampkin NH, Pearce BD, Leake AR, Creissen H, Gerrard CL, Girling R, Lloyd S, Padel S, Smith J, Smith LG, Vieweger A, Wolfe MS (2015) The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification. Report for the Land Use Policy Group. Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm and Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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