4 December 2017
Managing potato blight for small growers

Innovative Farmers Field lab at Duchy Home Farm

3 January 2018
Agricology Field Day

Mixing it up: Leys, livestock and life in the soil



15 November 2017
Organic can feed the world but need changes to food system

Strategies for feeding the world more sustainably with organic agriculture

10 November 2017
Hydroponics and organic farming

UK fears US decision on organic hydroponics post-Brexit



13 November 2017
Agroforestry is the new game-changer for UK agriculture

George Eustice expresses keen commitment to include agroforestry in future domestic Agricultural Policy post Brexit.


DIVERSify

Full project title:

Designing innovative plant teams for ecosystem resilience and agricultural sustainability

Acronym:

DIVERSify

Contract period:

1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021

Project webpage:

https://www.plant-teams.eu/

Main funder:

EU Horizon 2020

Contact staff at ORC:

Dr. Bruce Pearce

Other staff involved:

Dominic Amos, Dr Charlotte Bickler, Dr Ambrogio Costanzo, Dr Kevin Waldie, Katie Bliss and Phil Sumption

Project aims

  • To optimise the performance of crop species mixtures (‘plant teams’) as a means to improve yield stability, reduce pest and disease damage, and enhance stress resilience in agricultural systems.
  • The multi-actor consortium of European and international scientists, stakeholders and industry partners will work together to gain an understanding of the benefits associated with cropping plant teams, and to identify the crop traits and agronomic practices promoting these benefits. Innovative tools, knowledge and scientific evidence will be developed to support the adoption of plant teams in agriculture across Europe and globally.

ORC's role

  • ORC will work with stakeholders to identify tacit knowledge, bottom up innovations and best practice strategies, and develop knowledge exchange to promote the adoption of successful plant teams.
  • Coordinate national stakeholder meetings
  • Coordinate and deliver website and social media: Facebook, Twitter (@PlantTeams), Instagram (diversifyplantteams)and www.plant-teams.tv
  • Coordinate and deliver farm days
  • Coordinate and deliver practice abstracts and policy briefings
  • Identify useful traits and data summary/decision support aid
  • Participatory research/field labs

Current progress highlights

DIVERSify Kick Off Meeting from Taskscape Associates Ltd on Vimeo.

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Project leader and partners

The project is coordinated by the James Hutton Institute (Alison Karley and Adrian Newton). The consortium comprises 23 EU and international beneficiary partners, including research institutes, Universities, commercial and not-for-profit organisations who contribute expertise in science, stakeholder liaison and applied research and technology transfer. The beneficiaries are located across European pedo-climatic zones and growing conditions, extended by a team of international research institute partners.

All sources of funding

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under agreement No. 727284.