Researchers and stakeholders active in two European Horizon 2020 projects, RELACS and Organic-PLUS came together for a webinar on 8 April 2021 to share lessons learned from project activities since 2018. The main areas examined were: reducing the use of copper and mineral oils for plant protection, animal-derived fertilisers from conventional farming, peat in growing
The RELACS project recently published two new scientific publications on promising plant protection tools and strategies to further reduce the use of external and contentious inputs, namely mineral oil and copper. Under exceptional conditions and against specific pests, like whiteflies (one of the most harmful insect pests in greenhouses worldwide), mineral oil is occasionally used
Take part in ÖMKi’s survey on “Policy tools and initiatives for the reduction of contentious inputs in organic farming” in the framework of the RELACS project before 19 March
Are you an organic farmer, plant protection or animal welfare expert? Or are you working for an organisation focusing on these topics? Then take part in the “Policy tools and initiatives for the reduction of contentious inputs in organic farming” survey to provide detailed information on policy initiatives to reduce the use of contentious inputs
RELACS just released a new project video on replacing copper in plant protection products in organic viticulture. In the organic vineyard inherited from his grandfather, vintner and owner Márton Ruppert has been cultivating Blue Frankish grapes since 2016. Over the past two years, Márton has been using tagatose to replace copper in the framework of
Interested in organic contaminants in recycled fertilizers? Register to RELACS webinar series! 3 March 2021 – 22 April 2021, online
The area under organic production is growing, leading to an increased demand for nutrient sources suitable for organic agriculture. FiBL is organizing a webinar series in the frame of the RELACS project, themed “Organic contaminants in recycled fertilizers and their fate in soil-plant systems: Knowledge gathering and discussion with organic stakeholders”. The workshop, taking place
Did you miss RELACS’ workshop on the replacement of anthelmintics at the Oxford Real Farm Conference? Then check out the project’s latest news story!
On 10 January 2021, RELACS’ project partners Soil Association and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) took part in the Oxford Real Farm Conference 2021 for a workshop session on “Worm Control Without Anthelmintics”. The event, organised and chaired by Soil Association’s Ana Allamand, took place via Zoom, bringing together over 150 participants from across the world.
From lab to field: RELACS’ first project video on new plant protection products replacing copper in organic viticulture
In their commercial vineyard in Frick, Switzerland, FiBL carried out 16 treatments of new plant protection products against mildew in organic viticulture. Three of the tested products used copper, the remaining 13 were replaced by pilot products, one of them based on larch extract. To evaluate their effectiveness, FiBL interviewed managing vintner Andreas Tuchschmid who
RELACS project partners Soil Association and Scotland Rural University College developed practical guidelines for farmers and farm advisors on using faecal egg counts to improve worm control in organic sheep farming. The latest project practice abstract describes how faecal egg counts can be a powerful tool determining the levels of worm infections on farm and
The RELACS project’s third annual meeting took place digitally 10-12 November. It demonstrated that research in all work packages is advancing despite Covid-19. Thanks to the motivation and dedication of all project partners, RELACS already published more than five scientific publications and a policy briefing on the organic approach to inputs. The development of practice
Copper is currently used as a plant protection product (PPP) and/or leaf fertilizer in organic and conventional farming in several European countries. However, its use is controversial, which is why the European research project RELACS (Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems) is looking for alternatives. To understand the significance of copper usage and