25 October 2018
Oak Award Dinner at Yeo Valley

ORC fundraising dinner - filling up fast

29 October 2018
Novel breeding techniques and their implications

Threats and opportunities to UK organic food and farming sector



22 October 2018
Network with other organic farmers for knowledge share

ORC to facilitate more organic farms participating and sharing learning via AHDB Farmbench

22 October 2018
Opportunity to influence AHDB future purpose and priorities

AHDB – Make your opinion re services to organic sector known before 9th November!



20 August 2018
Tipping point in agricultural production

New study identifies that developing countries are winning the sustainable Intensification race

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 aims

Tom 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.

ORC's role

Supervisory