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29 June 2018
Future regulation for organic farming
Producer meeting in Cirencester
3 July 2018
National Organic Combinable Crops 2018
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18 June 2018
Martin Wolfe receives lifetime achievement award
For services to plant breeding, diversity, the environment and sustainable food production.
11 June 2018
Impacts of conversion to 100% organic management
New research reveals the production impact of a large-scale conversion to organic management in England and Wales
18 June 2018
Government support needed for agroforestry
Parliamentary wake up call for putting trees at the heart of agriculture
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.