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SIMBIO-VEG: an interdisciplinary project for improvement of organic systems and meth-ods in arable and vegetable cropping

Bàrberi, Prof Dr Paolo; Mazzoncini, Prof Marco; Bigongiali, Federica and Antichi, Daniele (2006) SIMBIO-VEG: an interdisciplinary project for improvement of organic systems and meth-ods in arable and vegetable cropping. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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SIMBIO-VEG is the first large interdisciplinary research project on organic farming ever being funded in Italy. The project partnership is composed of eight Working Units including Universities as well as public and private research centres and associa-tions, with a high degree of interaction among them. SIMBIO-VEG aims to acquire knowledge on the func-tioning of organic arable and vegetable cropping systems, as to (1) optimise systems management and the cultural practices (methods) therein, and improve the understanding of how organic systems and meth-ods influence produce quality and environmental impact. SIMBIO-VEG activities are structured in four strongly integrated research lines. Line 1 aims to understand the functioning of organically-managed agroecosystems and evaluate the technical and agro-nomic feasibility of crop production methods applied therein. Line 2 aims to evaluate the effects of organic systems and methods on overall produce quality, including both standard and innovative methods. Line 3 aims to evaluate the sustainability of organic sys-tems and methods through assessment of parameters and indicators related to soil quality, environmental impact, and economic viability. Lastly, line 4 is aimed to favour diffusion of results and innovation transfer through a comprehensive set of activities.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Soil > Soil quality
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 1: Research in sustainable systems
Italy > Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa
Deposited By: Barberi, Dr Paolo
ID Code:7862
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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