28 May 2018
Agroforestry as sustainable land use

EURAF 2018 CONFERENCE: Opportunity for farmers to attend

10 June 2018
Open Farm Sunday at Sonning Farm

We will be showcasing our trials at Reading University Crops Research Unit



22 May 2018
Organic farming: new EU rules adopted

New regulation to come into effect 1 January 2021

21 May 2018
Defra release organic farming stats for 2017

Organic land area in UK slowly increasing



3 May 2018
Stop the dock!

A new technical guide for reducing docks on farmland


LIVESEED

Full project title:

LIVESEED: Boosting organic seed and plant breeding across Europe

Project code:

727230

Contract period:

1 June 2017 to 31 May 2021

Project webpage:

http://liveseed.eu/

Main funder:

EU H2020

Contact staff at ORC:

Dr. Susanne Padel

Other staff involved:

Charlotte Bickler, Stefano Orsini

Project aims

The objective of this 4-year EU funded project is to improve the performance and sustainability of organic agriculture. Aiming to boost organic seed and plant breeding efforts, and increasing the availability of cultivars adapted to organic growing conditions.

The project will help to establish a level playing field in the organic seed market across Europe, improve the competitiveness of the organic seed and breeding sector, and encourage greater use of organic seeds by farmers. LIVESEED will improve guidelines for cultivar testing and strategies for ensuring seed health. It will develop novel breeding approaches suited for organic farming. Finally, it will investigate socio-economic aspects related to the use and production of organic seed and their interaction with relevant (EU) regulations. The LIVESEED project is coordinated by IFOAM EU and consists of 35 partners from 18 countries.

ORC's role

ORC will lead the socio-economic work-package to identify business and governance models to improve the efficiency of organic seed supply chains in the market place. We will explore:

  • stakeholders’ attitudes to organic seed, including the costs and benefits for farmers and for other market players to use and invest in organic seeds, and
  • the impact of potential measures to improve the market and the regulatory arrangements.
Alongside this we are drawing together research on the role that heterogenous crops, and breeding for organic systems, can play in improving the performance of organic agriculture. This will build upon our experiences marketing the ORC Wakelyns Population and the associated regulatory framework. We will also undertake traditional and farmer-led variety testing to increase our knowledge of existing varieties’ performance in organic systems and explore how stakeholders from across the value chain can be involved in this process and feed into future breeding efforts.

Current progress highlights

Project leader and partners

  • INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE MOVEMENTS EUROPEAN UNION REGIONAL GROUP (IFOAM EU)
  • FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHENLANDBAU STIFTUNG (FiBL-CH)
  • DIKTYO GIA TIN VIOPOIKILOTITA KAI TIN OIKOLOGIA STI GEORGIA (Aegilops)
  • OSTERREICHISCHE AGENTUR FUR GESUNDHEIT UND ERNAHRUNGSSICHERHEIT GMBH (AGES)
  • AGROLOGICA
  • EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG (Agroscope)
  • AGRORESURSU UN EKONOMIKAS INSTITUTS (AREI)
  • BINGENHEIMER SAATGUT AG (BSG)
  • STICHTING BIONEXT (Bionext)
  • FONDATSIYA ZA BIOLOGICHNO ZEMEDELIEBIOSELENA (Bioselena)
  • BUNDESVERBAND NATURKOST NATURWAREN EV (BNN)
  • CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA (CREA)
  • STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH (WR)
  • FELDSAATEN FREUDENBERGER GMBH & CO. KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT (FSF)
  • FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU DEUTSCHLAND EV (FiBL-DE)
  • INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (INRA)
  • INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE COIMBRA (IPC)
  • INSTITUT TECHNIQUE DE L’AGRICULTURE BIOLOGIQUE (ITAB)
  • INSTYTUT UPRAWY NAWOZENIA I GLEBOZNAWSTWA, PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY (IUNG)
  • LIVING SEEDS SEMENTES VIVAS, SA (LSSV)
  • LOUIS BOLK INSTITUUT (LBI)
  • MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA AGRARTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT (MTK-ATK)
  • ÖKOLOGIAI MEZOGAZDASAGI KUTATOINTEZET KOZHASZNU NONPROFIT KFT (ÖMKI)
  • PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD T/A THE ORGANIC RESEARCH CENTRE LBG (ORC)
  • RETE SEMI RURALI (RSR)
  • SATIVA RHEINAU AG (Sativa)
  • SOCIEDAD ESPANOLA DE AGRICULTURA ECOLOGICA (SEAE)
  • SEGES P/S (SEGES)
  • INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE AGRICOLA FUNDULEA (NARDI)
  • UNION BIO SEMENCES (UBIOS)
  • UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA (UEV)
  • UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE (UNIVPM)
  • UNIVERSITAET KASSEL (KU)
  • VITALIS BIOLOGISCHE ZADEN B.V (Vitalis)
  • UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA (UPV)

Previous relevant work