28 June 2017
Allerton Project - 25th Anniversary Open Day

Agricology Field Day at the Allerton Project

6 July 2017
National Organic Combinable Crops (NOCC) 2017

OF&G's flagship event will be held in Hampshire



23 May 2017
In-conversion land area on the rise

Defra organic farming stats for 2016 released

15 May 2017
TP Organics: 2017 Call for Organic Innovations

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1 February 2017
The future of UK organic support

Defra minister announces continued support post-Brexit

Dr. Jo Smith

Job title

Principal Agroecology Researcher

Contact details

Email prefix: jo.s (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 658298 - extn. 567
Mobile: +44 (0)779 964 3384
Fax: +44 (0)1488 658 503
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 0HR

Academic qualifications

PhD: Agri-environment schemes and soil biodiversity (Centre for Agri-Environment Research, University of Reading and Soil Biodiversity Group, Natural History Museum, London.
MSc: Advanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity (Imperial College and Natural History Museum, London).

Main roles and responsibilities

  • Managing the Agroforestry programme and other agro-ecological research
  • Working within the SOLID project on a task assessing an agroforestry system in terms of feed supply and multifunctionality
  • Leading a work package on dissemination within the ICOPP project
  • Task leader within the CO-Free project to investigate an agroforestry approach to reducing copper use in top fruit production

Research interests

My main research interest focuses on evaluating an agroforestry approach to balancing productivity with protection of the environment and the delivery of ecosystem services from agriculture. I also have a keen interest in the effects of agriculture on biodiversity, both at a field- and landscape-scale, with a particular interest in the biodiversity of soil macrofauna.

External activities

  • Executive committee member of the Farm Woodland Forum
  • Member of the Agricultural Ecology Specialist Group of the British Ecological Society
  • UK sub-delegate for the European Agroforestry Federation
  • Advisory member for farming on the North Wessex Downs AONB Council of Partners

Selected publications

Smith, J., Fradgley N. and Wolfe MSW (2016). Developing agroforestry-adapted cereals using an evolutionary plant breeding approach. 3rd European Agroforestry Conference ‘Celebrating 20 years of Agroforestry research in Europe’. Montpellier, France 23-25 May 2016. Book of Abstracts p. 327-329

Westaway, S., Crossland, E.M., Chambers, E.M., Gerrard, C. and Smith, J. (2016) Does harvesting hedges for woodfuel conflict with their delivery of other ecosystem services? 3rd European Agroforestry Conference ‘Celebrating 20 years of Agroforestry research in Europe’. Montpellier, France 23-25 May 2016. Book of Abstracts p. 53-56

Smith, J, Crossland, EM and Wolfe, MSW (2016). Silvoarable agroforestry: an alternative approach to apple production? 12th European International Farming Systems Association Symposium ‘Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways’. Harper Adams, UK

Westaway, S, Chambers, M, Crossland, M, Wolton, R and Smith, J (2016). Managing traditional hedges for biofuel. 12th European International Farming Systems Association Symposium ‘Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways’. Harper Adams, UK

Gerrard, C.L., Smith, J., Nelder, R., Bright, A., Colley, M., Clements, R., Pearce, B., (2015) 100% Organic Poultry Feed: Can Algae Replace Soybean Expeller in Organic Broiler Diets?, Organic Farming, 1(1):38-45

Smith, J., Gerrard, C. and John Hermansen (Eds) (2015). Improved contribution of local feed to support 100% organic feed supply to pigs and poultry (ICOPP): Synthesis report.

Gerrard, C.L., 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, C.L., 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, Jo and Bauer, Christine (2014) ICOPP Report: Can the range contribute to the nutritional needs of organic pigs and poultry? ICOPP REPORTS. Organic Research Centre, UK.

Palma, J., Chalmin, A., Burgess, P., Smith, J., Strachan, M., Ruiz Mirazo, J. and Rosati, A. (Eds.) (2014) Integrating Science and Policy to Promote Agroforestry in Practice: Book of Abstracts. 2nd European Agroforestry Conference, 04-06 June 2014, Cottbus, Germany

Varah, A., Smith, J., Jones, H. and Potts, S.G. (2014). Delivering food production, biodiversity and other ecosystem services in agriculture: can agroforestry do it all? Agriculture and the Environment X, Delivering Multiple Benefits from our Land: Sustainable Development in Practice Pg. 99-105 Link to pdf of presentation

Smith, J., Girling, R.D., Wolfe, M.S. and Pearce, B.D. (2014). Agroforestry: Integrating apple and arable production as an approach to reducing copper use in organic and low-input apple production. Agriculture and the Environment X, Delivering Multiple Benefits from our Land: Sustainable Development in Practice Pgs. 278-284. Link to pdf of poster.

Smith, B., Goldring, A., Holland, J., Ianetta, P., Norton, L., Smith, J., Smith, M. and Watson, C. (Eds.) 2013. Re-thinking Agricultural Systems in the UK. Aspects of Applied Biology 121. Association of Applied Biologists, Wellesbourne, Warwick.

Wolfe, M. S., & Smith, J. (2013) Darwin, Diversity and Future Land Use. In: Smith, B., Goldring, A., Holland, J., Ianetta, P., Norton, L., Smith, J., Smith, M. and Watson, C. (Eds.) 2013. Re-thinking Agricultural Systems in the UK. Aspects of Applied Biology 121. Association of Applied Biologists, Wellesbourne, Warwick. pp. 11-16.

Westaway, S., Wolton, R., Smith, J. and Wolfe, M.S. (2013) Hedges: an ecological approach to biofuel production. In: Smith, B., Goldring, A., Holland, J., Ianetta, P., Norton, L., Smith, J., Smith, M. and Watson, C. (Eds.) 2013. Re-thinking Agricultural Systems in the UK. Aspects of Applied Biology 121. Association of Applied Biologists, Wellesbourne, Warwick. pp. 11-16

Varah, A, Jones, H, Smith, J and Potts, S.G. (2013) Enhanced biodiversity and pollination in UK agroforestry systems. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture Vol. 93 (9) pp 2073-2075 DOI 10.1002/jsfa.6148

Smith J, Leach K, Rinne M and Kuoppala K. (2012). Integrating willow-based bioenergy and organic dairy production – the role of tree fodder for feed supplementation. In: Rahmann, Gerold and Godinho, D (Eds.) Agriculture and Forestry Research (362), pp. 394-397.

Smith J, Pearce BD, Döring TF and Wolfe MS. (2012). Developing modern multifunctional agroforestry systems for sustainable intensification. In: McCracken K (Ed.) SAC-SEPA Biennial conference: Valuing Ecosystems: Policy, Economic and Management Interactions. Edinburgh 3rd-4th April 2012; ISBN 1 85482 996 3; pp. 257-262.

Nelder R, Smith J, Clements R and Pearce B. (2012). 100% local and organic: closing the protein gap for poultry in the ICOPP Project. In: Rahmann, Gerold and Godinho, D (Eds.) Agriculture and Forestry Research (362), pp. 385-387.

Brown RJ, Döring TF, Storkey J, Smith¬ J, Jones HE, Potts SG. (2012). Legume based plant mixtures for delivery of ecosystem services: Pollinators. In: McCracken K (Ed.) SAC-SEPA Biennial conference: Valuing Ecosystems: Policy, Economic and Management Interactions. Edinburgh 3rd-4th April 2012; ISBN 1 85482 996 3; pp. 156-162.

Rinne M, Dragomir C, Kuoppala K, Marley C, Smith, J and Yanez Ruiz, D. (2012).Novel and underutilized feed resources – potential for use in organic and low input dairy production. In: Rahmann, Gerold and Godinho, D (Eds.) Agriculture and Forestry Research (362), pp. 404-407.

Smith, J., Pearce, B.D. and Wolfe, M.S. (2012). Reconciling productivity with protection of the environment: Is temperate agroforestry the answer? Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. doi:10.1017/S1742170511000585

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

Smith J, Pearce BD, Döring TF, Wolfe MS. (2012). Developing modern multifunctional agroforestry systems for sustainable intensification. In: McCracken K (Ed.) SAC-SEPA Biennial conference: Valuing Ecosystems: Policy, Economic and Management Interactions. Edinburgh 3rd-4th April 2012; ISBN 1 85482 996 3; pp. 257-262.

Smith, J., Wolfe, M.S., Woodward, L., Pearce, B. and Lampkin, N. (2011). Organic Farming and Biodiversity: A review of the literature. Report for Organic Centre Wales.

Eggleton, P., Inward, K., Smith, J., Jones, D.T. & Sherlock, E. (2009) A six year study of earthworm (populations) in pasture woodland in southern England shows their responses to soil temperature and soil moisture. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41: 1857-1865

Smith, J., Potts, S.G., Woodcock, B.A. & Eggleton, P. (2009) The impact of two arable field margin management schemes on litter decomposition. Applied Soil Ecology 41: 90-97

Smith, J., Potts, S.G., Woodcock, B.A. & Eggleton, P. (2008) Can arable field margins be managed to enhance their biodiversity, conservation and functional value for soil macrofauna? Journal of Applied Ecology 45: 269-278

Smith, J., Potts, S.G., & Eggleton, P. (2008) The value of arable field margins for enhancing soil macrofaunal biodiversity in agroecosystems. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 127: 119-125

Smith, J., Potts, S. & Eggleton, P. (2008) Evaluating the efficiency of sampling methods in assessing soil macrofauna communities in arable systems. European Journal of Soil Biology 44: 271-276

Clarke, M.A., Creamer, R.E., Deeks, L.K., Gowing, D.J.G., Holman, I.P., Jones, R.J.A., Palmer, R.C., Potts, S.G., Rickson, R.J., Ritz, K., Smith, J., Thompson, T.R.E., Truckell, I.G., Vickery, J., Whalley, W.R., Whelan, M.J. & Woodcock, B.A. (2008) Scoping study to assess soil compaction affecting upland and lowland grassland in England and Wales. Final project (BD2304) report to Defra.

Smith, J., Chapman, A. & Eggleton, P. (2006) Baseline biodiversity surveys of the soil macrofauna of London’s green spaces. Urban Ecosystems 9:337-349