27 February 2018
Wonderful woodchip!

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

Plant breeding projects

Current projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
LIVESEED: Boosting organic seed and plant breeding across EuropeEU H2020EU H2020 research project boosting organic seed and plant breeding across Europe. 35 partners - 18 countries
Wheat and barley Legacy for Breeding Improvement (WHEALBI)EU FP 7The aim of the WHEALBI project is to apply genomic, genetic and agronomic approaches to improve European wheat and barley production in competitive and sustainable cropping systems.

Completed projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
Coordinating organic plant breeding activities for diversity (COBRA)Core Organic/DefraCOBRA involves 41 partners from 18 European countries which will focus on coordinating, linking and expanding on-going organic breeding activities in cereals and grain legumes across Europe, drawing together experts from previously fragmented areas.
Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding and Management (SOLIBAM)EU FP7Develop specific and novel breeding approaches integrated with management practices to improve performance, quality, sustainability and stability of crops adapted to organic and low-input systems in Europe and small-scale farms in Africa.
Harnessing new technologies for sustainable oat production and utilization (QUOATS)Defra, BBSRCThis project integrates various breeding and selection methods with high throughput analysis of grain composition to develop oats varieties for human consumption, livestock production and industrial uses.
Adaptive winter wheat populations: development, genetic characterisation and applicationDefraWe study the yield, quality, and stability of wheat Composite Cross Populations (CCPs) under high and low input over a range of environments through phenotypic and genotypic analyses and develop the processing capabilities of CCPs for various end users.