soil fertility

The 2nd international conference on biodynamic research: call for contributions

The theme for the upcoming second international conference on biodynamic research, an event that will take place at the Royal Agricultural University of Cirencester (UK), from 30 August to 2 September 2021, is “Growing beyond Resilience”. Academic and farmer practitioner research into biodynamic and organic agriculture and food systems offers new ways to understand how we can create a transformative culture that works to address pressing challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, soil infertility and human ill-health.


Long-term effectiveness of sustainable land management practices to control runoff, soil erosion, and nutrient loss and the role of rainfall intensity in Mediterranean rainfed agroecosystems

The study is published in the journal Insects. Mediterranean environments are especially susceptible to soil erosion and to inappropriate soil management, leading to accelerated soil loss. Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices (such as reduced tillage, no-tillage, cover crops, etc.,) have the potential to reduce soil, organic carbon (OC), and nutrient losses by erosion. However, the effectivity of these practices is site-dependent and varies under different rainfall conditions.

Organic farming increases important soil fungal abundance and diversity

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are beneficial soil fungi that provide important services to plant and soil health by increasing nutrient cycling, and improving soil structure and fertility. Recently, AMF have gained a lot of attention as their benefits to crop production have become better known, and farmers want to know what kinds of practices can increase the abundance of AMF in their soils.


The Thünen Institute publishes a study on the value of organic farming

Despite the environmental and social benefits of organic farming continue to receive widespread scientific and political recognition, the potential of organic farming to solve the environmental and resource challenges of our time remains underestimated. Starting from this premise, the Thünen Institute, together with several research partners and thanks to funding from the German Federal Ministry of Food, selected 528 scientific studies on organic and conventional agriculture and included them in a complete review of the existing literature .


Earthworms do their job better with organic farming: a research in Pedobiologia

The scientific journal Pedobiologia has published a study which explored how different conservation tilling and fertilization practices influence earthworm populations in organic farming under Mediterranean climate conditions. Earthworms play an important role in agriculture as their feeding activities improve soil structure and help evenly distribute nutrients throughout the soil profile.


Increasing organic yields: risks and benefits – a new study

In conventional agriculture, increases in yields are largely due to increased use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and thus have come with a number of negative side effects. More recently, there has been a push to increase yields in organic agriculture but there has been little assessment of potential unintended consequences. A new study recently published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development has tried to assess the potential costs and benefits associated with increasing yields within organic agriculture.


Organic farming improves soil physical properties: the results of a long-term study

A recent study published in  Agronomy Journal found that after 40 years of farming, organic agriculture improves physical characteristics of soil compared to conventional farming.


Citrus orchards: organic production improves soil health

A recent study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment compared soil quality in conventional and organic citrus orchards in Eastern Spain, the oldest citrus-growing region in Europe. Orchards were either watered with irrigation water or by flooding. The study assessed the physical and chemical characteristics of the soils.


19th IFOAM Organic World Congress: call for papers now open

The 19th edition of the  Organic World Congress (OWC) taking place from 09 -11 November 2017 in New Delhi, India now opens its Call for Papers.

Every three years sector stakeholders come together at the OWC, the world’s largest and most significant organic gathering, to discuss and deliberate the issues of the day.

The 19th OWC is structured in four conference tracks: Main Track, Farmers' Track, Scientific Track, and Marketing Track.

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