News from this ERA-Net
Organic agriculture and food markets have grown considerably and organic agriculture addresses important challenges of European agriculture, such as sustainable production of high quality food, reducing dependency on high energy inputs, improving environmental and nature conservation, climate change adaptation, animal welfare and rural livelihoods. Organic farming and food systems still have a big potential for innovation and improved solutions. Research activities will be important for this. Coordinated transnational research has the potential to create a less fragmented research area in this fast growing sector.
CORE Organic II builds on the outcome of the first CORE Organic to aim at an effective and sustainable transnational research programme. It will identify common research priorities for the organic sector where a transnational approach will give added value, launch at least two transnational calls, initiate research projects, organize project monitoring and dissemination of results, and consider funding models.
CORE Organic II will also develop all components to continue the transnational research activities beyond the ERA-NET. The results of CORE Organic II will be a strong and sustainable network of funding bodies, all components for the effective continuation of collaboration, a series of on-going research projects and a plan to support dissemination. The expected benefits for Europe will be to reinforce its leading status and excellence in organic research, enhance the European research area on organic agriculture, increase the efficiency in use of organic research funds and improve the impact of research on the organic sector.
Mapping and scoping activities
The following mapping activities are included in the project:
- existing research funding structures for organic research in partner countries.
- current national legal basis for research funding
- channels for dissemination of transnational research results
The outcome from point 1 consist of a) an analysis of the national research priorities in organic farming and food systems, b) a list of links to all organic research activities in the 21 partner countries, c) a list of the national research gaps ranked according to the national priorities and d) a compact portrait of the status-quo of organic farming and food research in each partner country.
Before a real common pot call can be launched, it is necessary to identify legal, political or management barriers to the real common pot funding models. The mapping explored priority on funding models, legal structure, responsibility for financial decisions etc.
The impact of the ERA-NET is hampered if the research results are not reaching the end-users. The mapping in point 3 is with the aim to make a net-work of dissemination hubs for exchange and further utilisation of both transnational and national research results.
First call 2010
The first call was launched in September 2010 and had a budget of about EUR 9.2 million divided into three thematic research areas. Projects are running from autumn 2011 to autumn 2014.
Thematic research area: Cropping: Designing robust and productive cropping systems at field, farm and landscape level.
- BICOPOLL - Targeted bio-control and pollination enhancement. Coordinator: University of Helsinki, Department of Agricultural Sciences (Finland). Participating countries: Finland, Germany, Estonia, Italy, Slovenia, Turkey, Belgium.
- BIO-INCROP - Innovative cropping techniques to increase soil health in organic fruit tree crops. Coordinator: Agricultural Research Council (Italy). Participating countries: Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey.
- InterVeg - Enhancing multifunctional benefits of cover crops – vegetables intercropping. Coordinator: Agricultural Research Council - Research centre for the soil plant system (CRA-RPS) (Italy). Participating countries: Italy, Germany, Denmark, Slovenia.
- Softpest multitrap - Semio-chemical traps for management of weevil and plant bug in organic strawberry and raspberry. Coordinator: Bioforsk - Organic Food and Farming Division (Norway). Participating countries: United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Latvia.
- TILMAN-ORG - Reduced tillage and green manures for sustainable organic cropping systems. Coordinator: FiBL Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (Switzerland). Participating countries: France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Estonia, Italy, Spain, Austria.
- Vineman.Org - Enhancing disease management, yield efficiency, and biodiversity in organic European vineyards. Coordinator: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy). Participating countries: Italy, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Spain.
Thematic research area: Monogastric: Robust and competitive production systems for pigs, poultry and fish.
- HealthyHens - Promoting good health and welfare in European organic laying hens. Coordinator: University of Kassel (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, Denmark, Italy, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Belgium.
- ICOPP - Improved contribution of local feed to support 100% organic feed supply to pigs and poultry. Coordinator: University of Aarhus (Denmark). Participating countries: Denmark, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, France, Lithuania
- ProPIG - Strategies to reduce environmental impact by improving health and welfare of organic pigs. Coordinator: University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (Austria). Participating countries: Austria, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic.
Thematic research area: Quality: Ensuring quality and safety of organic food along the whole chain.
- SafeOrganic - Restrictive use of antibiotics in organic animal farming. Coordinator: Technical University of Denmark, National Food Institute, Denmark. Participating countries: Italy, France, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic.
- AuthenticFood - Fast methods for authentication of organic plant based foods. Coordinator: University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences, Denmark. Participating countries: Luxembourg, Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, France, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Lithuania.
Second call 2011
The second call was launched in October 2011 and had a budget of about EUR 4.9 million divided into two thematic research areas. Projects are running from Spring 2013 to Spring 2016.
Thematic research area: Plant-breeding - Improvement of production efficiency and agricultural biodiversity within cropping systems by using eco-compatible breeding techniques
- COBRA - Coordinating Organic plant BReeding Activities for Diversity, coordinated by The Organic Research Centre (United Kingdom). Participating countries: United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, (Hungary), Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey.
Thematic research area: Supporting the development of organic markets
- HealthyGrowth - Healthy growth: From niche to volume with integrity and trust coordinated by Institute of Agroecology, Aarhus University (Denmark). Participating countries: Denmark, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey.
Third call 2012
The third call was launched in June 2012 as a real common pot call with six countries involved and a budget of EUR 860 000. The call was a one-step call. The selected project will be running from June 2013 to May 2016.
Thematic research area: Sustainable and efficient management of phosphorus and use of secondary fertilizers within organic agriculture.
- IMPROVE-P: Improved Phosphorus Resource efficiency in Organic agriculture Via recycling and Enhanced biological mobilization coordinated by Institute of Crop Science, Universität Hohenheim (Germany). Participating countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, United Kingdom.
Publication from the projects can be found at www.orgprints.org by browsing European Union, CORE Organic and the short name of the project.
COII had a research seminar in November 2011 to present the 11 projects of the first call and the results of the eight CORE Organic pilot projects. In May 2013 the second research seminar will take place to present the three projects of the second and third call, and the results at midterm of the first call projects.