29 June 2018
Future regulation for organic farming

Producer meeting in Cirencester

3 July 2018
National Organic Combinable Crops 2018

Booking now open!



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

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.