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Knowledge development for organic systems: An example of weed management

Davies, G; Turner, R; Bond, B and Gibbon, D (2006) Knowledge development for organic systems: An example of weed management. In: Atkinson, C; Ball, B; Davies, D H K; Rees, R; Russell, G; Stockdale, E A; Watson, C A; Walker, R and Younie, D (Eds.) Aspects of Applied Biology 79, What will organic farming deliver? COR 2006, Association of Applied Biologists, pp. 107-110.

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Despite the large amount information on weed biology and specific weed control measures produced by researchers, organic farmers still prioritise weeds as an important area for further research. A recent project investigating weed management in organic farming systems has established that knowledge and learning are key requirements for this to be effective. Development of relevant, practically useful knowledge depends on access to information generated ‘scientifically’ by researchers and also to knowledge generated as a result of farmer experience with weeds. This requires that farmers, advisors and researchers take a participatory approach to collecting and processing information on weed management, using it to develop new and relevant knowledge. The appropriate framework for knowledge development is thus a collegiate one in which all stakeholders’ value and learn from the observations and experience of others. These findings have implications for the way in which research is conducted and funded.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:Organic, weed management, knowledge development, participatory research
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Research affiliation: UK > Garden Organic (HDRA)
UK > Other organizations
UK > Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2006
Deposited By: MILLMAN, Mrs Carol A
ID Code:10193
Deposited On:14 Dec 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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