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University of Thessaly to host Open Access Day

As part of the Horizon 2020 project Organic-PLUS, the Laboratory of Agricultural Constructions and Environmental Control of the University of Thessaly, is organising an open day for the public. The event will take place at the University’s experimental farm in Velestino, on 18th September 2019 from 10:00am to 15:00pm.

Visitors will be able to see both the activities of the laboratory in the context of the Organic-PLUS project (Workpackage 3, PLANT) and also the activities of other research projects being undertaken by the team, including: FoodOASIS, Alga4Fuel&Aqua, Cascade Hydroponics (CasH), AgriTexSil and MED Greenhouses.

There will also be the opportunity to visit the Innovative Greenhouse, including a presentation of the new pilot greenhouse of the Laboratory of Agricultural Constructions and Environmental Control of the University of Thessaly, where most of the above mentioned projects are implemented.

The Open Access Day (OPEN DAY) event is part of the pan-European communication campaign Europe in My Region 2019 (#EUinMyRegion).

UTH Sept 13 open day flyer

O+ livestock research presented internationally

The Organic-PLUS (O+) livestock team presented first results from the project as posters on on two international conferences one at the ASPA 2019  (Sorrento, Italy) lead by Dr. Mauro Penasa (DAFNAE, University of Padova) on ‘Organic livestock production: a bibliometric analysis’ (first picture below). www.aspasorrento2019.org/index.php/sorrento

The second poster was presented at the ADSA 2019 (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) by Dr. Carmen L. Manuelian (DAFNAE, University of Padova) on ‘Survey about the use of allopathic treatments and sources of information for organic livestock farms in France’. Dr. Luciana da Costa from Ohio State University is also shown as she has cooperated with the O+ team on the livestock survey (second picture below). www.adsa.org/Meetings/2019-Annual-Meeting

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Dr. Mauro Penasa (DAFNAE, University of Padova) in front of the O+poster on ‘Organic livestock production: a bibliometric analysis’, presented at ASPA 2019 (Sorrento, Italy)  
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Dr. Carmen L. Manuelian (DAFNAE, University of Padova, on the left) and Dr. Luciana da Costa (Ohio State University; on the right) in front of the O+ poster on ‘Survey about the use of allopathic treatments and sources of information for organic livestock farms in France’, presented at the ADSA 2019 (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA). 

Field trials at NORSØK feature on Norwegian TV

At NORSØK (Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture) in Tingvoll, Norway, two Organic-PLUS field trials recently featured prominently on Norwegian television (www.tv.nrk.no):

The first trial is examining the effects of treating seed potatoes and potato leaves with ozone (O3) water to reduce infection of late blight. Ozone is highly toxic to fungal spores and bacteria, but then rapidly decomposes to oxygen (O2). Norwegian regional television visited the trail (31-05-2019) and reported on the ongoing research work; Please click this link to watch.

The second trial studies the effect of marine fertilisers. Fish bones and residues of seaweed (extracted for production of commercial fertiliser) are used alone or in combination, and compared with dried poultry manure. Early results indicate that fish bones result in more rapid plant growth than manure and a positive effect is observed when combining it with seaweed residues. Norwegian regional television visited the trail (24-06-2019) and broadcast the following report; Please click this link to watch.

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NORSØK’s Dr Atle Wibe setting up potato trail with Ozone water to replace copper fungicides

Aarhus, Denmark 2nd O+ Consortium meeting

The second Organic-PLUS (O+) consortium meeting and annual general assembly is held in Aarhus, Denmark from Thursday 27th  to Friday 28th June 2019.

Venue: SEGES, Agro Food Park 15, 8200 Aarhus, Denmark and the nearby
Horisont conference centre.

Wednesday 26thJune – Arrival day
18.00 City walk. Meet at Aarhus Central Station (rail) in front of the main entrance towards the town.
19.00 Dinner at the organic restaurant, Langhoff & Juul in Aarhus.

Thursday 27thJune
8:00 Arrival and coffee at SEGES Agro Food Park, AFP 15


Please download full programme here:

O+ Aarhus Denmark 27-28 June 2019 programme.pdf


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Horisont conference centre (www.horisont-aarhus.dk)

Agroforestry and Organic

In May 2019, Dr Ulrich Schmutz represented Organic-PLUS at the 4th  World Agroforestry Congress in Montpellier, France – the first time this congress has been held in Europe. The congress has put Agroforestry firmly on the map, in Europe and the EU. New areas were explored such as the link between Agroforestry and Agroecology, and the idea of using only certified organic methods within Agroforestry. The contribution of Agroforestry to achieving ‘Drawdown’ (the capture of greenhouse gas pollutants from the atmosphere) was a major part of the keynote discussions.

Significantly at the congress, the Montpellier Declaration was passed stating: “we, the 1200 delegates from 100 countries, agree that the massive degradation of our world’s biodiversity documented in the recent IPBES report is principally due to poor agricultural practices. Agroforestry offers a key solution to remedy the situation…” Read the full document here.

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Keynote on Agroforestry and Drawdown

Innovation with waste wood to replace peat in plant propagation

Organic grower Iain Tolhurst (Tolly) phased out the use of peat on his vegetable farm several years ago. Here, he talks to the Organic-PLUS team about the growing media he produces on-farm from wood waste, fulfilling all of his plant propagation requirements (clip 18 on the Organic-PLUS playlist).

 

More info on Tolly is found here:  www.tolhurstorganic.co.uk

 

Full Organic-PLUS playlist

Factsheets now available in 5 languages

Alternatives to contentious inputs in organic crops

PDF – factsheets for download in English and Mediterranean languages Greek, Italian, Spanish and Turkish.

Citrus Factsheet Greek
O+ Citrus factsheet (Greek) as an example

1) O+ Citrus factsheet (English) 
1) O+ Citrus factsheet (Greek) 
1) O+ Citrus factsheet (Italian) 
1) O+ Citrus factsheet (Spanish)
1) O+ Citrus factsheet (Turkish) 

2) O+ Olive factsheet (English) 
2) O+ Olive factsheet (Greek) 
2) O+ Olive factsheet (Italian) 
2) O+ Olive factsheet (Spanish) 
2) O+ Olive factsheet (Turkish) 

3) O+ Tomato factsheet (English) 
3) O+ Tomato factsheet (Greek)
3) O+ Tomato factsheet (Italian)
3) O+ Tomato factsheet (Spanish)
3) O+ Tomato factsheet (Turkish) 

4) O+ Aubergine factsheet (English)  
4) O+ Aubergine factsheet (Greek)
4) O+ Aubergine factsheet (Italian)
4) O+ Aubergine factsheet (Spanish)
4) O+ Aubergine factsheet (Turkish)