19 January 2021
Intercropping for sustainability

Two-day Conference with AAB, DIVERSify and ReMIX at Reading University

6 September 2021
Organic World Congress 2021

New date! Postponed from September 2020



12 August 2020
New US study on glyphosate and organic diets

Glyphosate levels in children and adults drop dramatically after one week of eating organic

30 July 2020
ORC welcomes the National Food Strategy

The first major reviewof our food system in 75 years



29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Agroforestry benefits natural enemies and pollinators

Category: News
10 September 2019

Evaluating the effects of integrating trees into temperate arable systems on pest control and pollination

A new review of agroforestry for pest control and pollination from our PhD student Tom Staton (based at Reading University ) has been published.

Staton T, Walters RJ, Smith J, Girling RD (2019) Evaluating the effects of integrating trees into temperate arable systems on pest control and pollination Agricultural Systems: Volume 176

Highlights

  • Integrating trees into arable systems significantly enhanced natural enemies of pests
  • Arthropod pests were significantly reduced in these silvoarable systems
  • Evidence for effects on pollinators is scarcer, but suggests beneficial effects
  • Authors propose a framework for future research to explain variation in results.

Keywords: agroforestry trees pests pollinators natural enemies beneficial insects

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