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Developing a partcipatory approach to seed production and varietal selection

Jones, H; Clarke, S M; Haigh, Z; Hinchsliffe, K; Wolfe, M S; Thomas, J; Gibbon, D; Harris, F and Lyon, F (2006) Developing a partcipatory approach to seed production and varietal selection. 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. 135-138.

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The performance of UK winter wheat varieties was tested under organic conditions involving farmer participation. Three breadmaking varieties (Hereward, Solstice and Xi19) and their mixture (1:1:1) were grown at 19 UK farms in 2003/04 and 2004/05. The variability of productivity on organic farms was illustrated with more variation among farm sites than among varieties. Seed health was generally high over all sites. Although the trials were successful, more time was needed at project initiation to improve farmer involvement. Some farmers expected more researcher visits, and were reticent about assessing the trials themselves. In contrast, some participants valued the variety performance data on their farms particularly when related to that of other growers. The balance between the goals of the researchers relative to the farmers needs to be defined at project initiation.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:Organic farming, winter wheat, varieties, mixtures, seed borne disease, participatory research
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Cereals, pulses and oilseeds
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Research affiliation: UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
UK > Other organizations
UK > National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2006
Deposited By: MILLMAN, Mrs Carol A
ID Code:10207
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Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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