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Monika Messmer
(Dr. sc. agr)

Department of Crop Sciences
Group lead Plant Breeding
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LIVESEED project - Boosting organic seed & plant breeding

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(July 24, 2017) 

1 June 2017 marked the official start of the LIVESEED project. The objective of this 4-year project is to improve the performance and sustainability of organic agriculture by boosting organic seed and plant breeding efforts, and increasing the availability of cultivars adapted to organic growing conditions.

The project will help to establish a level playing field in the organic seed market across Europe, improve the competitiveness of the organic seed and breeding sector, and encourage greater use of organic seeds by farmers. LIVESEED will improve guidelines for cultivar testing and strategies for ensuring seed health. It will develop innovative breeding approaches suited for organic farming. Finally, it will investigate socio-economic aspects related to the use and production of organic seed and their interaction with relevant (EU) regulations.

The LIVESEED project is coordinated by IFOAM EU and consists of 35 partners and 14 third linked parties from 18 countries. FiBL Switzerland is responsible for the scientific coordination and FiBL Germany for the development of an European Organic Seed router data base.

During the kick-off meeting from 19 to 21 June in Leuven, Belgium, all partners gathered to discuss the activities of the first year and how we reach our goal aiming for 100% organic seed by 2037. Main activities in the upcoming months will be state-of the art research on organic seed health, seed availability and derogations in the EU member states.

To get to know the project and its activities, you can follow the LIVESEED on Twitter and Facebook. The official homepage with detailed information will follow shortly.

The LIVESEED project  is supported by the European Union's HORIZON 2020 research and innovation programme under the Grant Agreement and by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

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Monika Messmer