9 June 2020
Seeds and deeds

Collective plant breeding for reduced input farming

23 June 2020
NFU virtual organic farm walk

Challenges of net zero



29 May 2020
iSAGE Toolbox - How to design it step by step

Safeguard farmers' decision making tool

29 May 2020
Innovative network for promoting pulses as novel protein sources

Case study of the British fava bean food value chain



29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Dr. Charlotte Bickler

Job title

Senior Crops and Breeding Researcher

Contact details

Email prefix: charlotte.b (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 646244 - extn. 6244
Postal address: Trent Lodge,Stroud Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6JN

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Evolutionary Ecology (University of Bristol)
  • MRes in Biodiversity and Conservation (University of Leeds)
  • BSc in Biology (University of Nottingham)

Main roles and responsibilities

My work focuses on increasing diversity and resilience in agricultural systems, particularly within crops at a genetic level. I am developing this area within the crops team; studying the ORC Wakelyns Population and working on the LIVESEED and DIVERSify H2020 projects.

Research interests

I am interested in developing an improved understanding of how ecological and evolutionary responses can be quantified to promote their successful integration in land management for agricultural productivity, sustainability and conservation.

Selected publications

Costanzo A, Bickler C (2019) Proposal for a toolbox for identification and description of organic heterogeneous material. Liveseed D2.8

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.

Bickler C, A’Hara S, Cottrell J, Rogers L, Bridle J (2013) Characterisation of thirteen polymorphic microsatellite markers for cowslip (Primula veris L.) developed using a 454 sequencing approach. Conservation Genetics Resources, 3, 2 - 4.