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Frugal, multi-actor and decentralised cultivar evaluation models for organic agriculture: methods, tools and guidelines.

REY, Frederic; Rivière, Pierre; Flipon, Emma; de Buck, A.J.; Feher, Judit; Constanzo, Ambrogio and Lazzaro, Mariateresa (2021) Frugal, multi-actor and decentralised cultivar evaluation models for organic agriculture: methods, tools and guidelines. Liveseed deliverable D2.3. .

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The new Organic Regulation EU 848/2018 recognises the priority of developing cultivars suitable to organic agriculture.
When the use of external inputs (mineral fertilisers,herbicides and pesticides) that can mitigate environmental stressors and buffer environmental variation is excluded or limited, cultivar choice is the key crop-specific decision organic farmers can make.
Cultivar adaptation to farming systems, the environment and the market in which farmers operate can only be ensured by an optimal information flow about cultivars’ performance under organic conditions. Such flow of information can be enabled, in turn, by appropriate cultivar evaluation. In conventional agriculture,post-registration cultivar evaluation is mainly performed on controlled experimental sites and its results are used by extension services to provide variety recommendations for farmers. This system requires a great investment in terms of logistics and infrastructure, and is extremely labour and cost intensive, while providing information of limited relevance to organic farmers.
Since organic agriculture only represents a fraction of the whole agricultural sector, few cultivar evaluation programmes dedicated to organic agriculture exist in Europe; most of these follow the same architecture used in conventional systems, and are limited to few major crops. Therefore, they are far from responding to the complex information needs required by the highly diverse organic
systems. To overcome this lock-in, radical innovation pathways are needed, to explore innovative models for cultivar evaluation under Organic Agriculture.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:organic agriculture, cultivar selection, evaluation, multi-stakeholder processes, participation, Liveseed, Abacus, FiBL20064
Agrovoc keywords:
organic agriculture
cultivar selection
multi-stakeholder processes
Subjects: Food systems > Community development > Networks and ownership
Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Seeds and breeding > Plant breeding
European Union > Horizon 2020 > Liveseed
France > ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture Biologique
Hungary > Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC)
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727230
Deposited By: Flipon, Emma
ID Code:39190
Deposited On:18 Feb 2021 09:40
Last Modified:19 Jun 2023 09:40
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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