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Organic management promotes natural pest control through altered plant resistance to insects: results of a study

Organic farming is known to increase natural pest control that helps organic farmers overcome reliance on chemical pest management. While the common perception is that natural pest control is largely boosted by practices that increase natural enemies to pests, a recent study in Nature Plants  explored a less common theory. This found that organic management also boosts the natural defenses of plants to prevent pest damage even when pests are abundant.


'Organic Farm Knowledge': five new poultry-specific tools available

'Organic Farm Knowledge' partner organisation, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, FiBL, has contributed five news tools explaining many aspects of successful organic poultry farming.

These five tools from the FiBL Shop, are now available for download from the toolbox. Check them out to learn more about free-range laying hens, ways to control endoparasites and induce moulting, as well as how to raise organic broiler chickens.


Rice: organic pest management protects beneficial insects and promotes more natural pest control

Chemical control of pests using synthetic insecticides like neonicotinoids, organophosphates and pyrethroids can harm non-target insects such as natural enemies to pests. A recent study published in the Indian Journal of Entomology found that organic farming practices protect important insects, which in turn provided more natural pest control for the farmer. Researchers in New Delhi compared the impacts of organic versus conventional pest management on the control of a rice pest known as yellow stem borer (Scirpophaga incertulas).


Net benefit of birds increases on organic farms surrounded by more natural habitat

Certified organic farms are required to support biodiversity, which in return provides important services back to the farm and improves crop yields. A study recently published in the journal Ecological Applications found that the benefit of biodiversity like birds is enhanced on organic farms when there is a lot of natural habitat surrounding the farm.


Organic farming: positive control of pests and pathogens

A recent study published in the Journal Nature Sustainability shows that ecological intensification of agro-ecosystems, based on the optimization of ecological functions such as biological pest control, to replace agrochemical inputs is a promising route to reduce the ecological footprint of agriculture while maintaining commodity production.


"International Symposium on Organic Farming: a Research Perspective (Organist)"

Despite the growing demand for organic products, the percentage of land cultivated with this agricultural method is still low in the European Union.

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