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27 February 2018
A practical one day workshop on using ramial woodchip, woodchip compost etc.
13 June 2018
Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems
1st International Conference, Bologna, Italy
14 February 2018
Organic sector booming worldwide
57.8 million ha of organic land - The organic market grows to almost 90 billion US Dollars
13 February 2018
Addressing the crisis for new entrants to farming
Ecological Land Cooperative campaign for donations of land for new entrants to ecological agriculture.
7 February 2018
OK-Net EcoFeed for 100% organic feed
Changes to EU organic regulation triggers ‘grow local’ research for feeding pigs and poultry
Impacts of organic silvoarable systems on pest and disease distribution – Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Berkshire
Contract period:1 March 2010 to 28 August 2010
Main funder:University of Reading/ORC
Contact staff at ORC:Dr. Jo Smith
Project aimsTom Pinkham, an MSc student from University of Reading, worked with us on his research thesis to investigate the influence of tree rows on an ecosystem service - pest and disease control. He measured the influence of tree/hedgerow strips on microclimate and soil characteristics at various distances from the tree rows into the middle of the crop alleys, and in a neighbouring open field. Assessments of major pests and/or diseases, and crop assessments, were carried out in the crop alleys and compared with levels in monocropped fields. Analyses identified higher air temperatures, moister soils, and lower wind speeds when compared to control system. Weed cover was 7% higher in the agroforestry system, and aphids and Ramularia were also higher in the agroforestry crop. However, there was no significant difference in crop damage levels between the agroforestry system and control field.