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FiBL Newsletter June 2018

FiBL Switzerland Open Day

On 19 August 2018 from 10am to 5pm, FiBL will host its Open Day in Frick - you are very welcome!

The day provides the best opportunity to visit FiBL, to discuss and consult with FiBL researchers, to gain insight into many projects and to enjoy good organic food. Guided tours will be offered to give an overview of the institute.

Guided tours are offered in German, English, French and Spanish. If you want to join a guided tour in a language other than German, please let us know in advance and contact Anne Merz.

There will be a free shuttle bus from Frick station to FiBL.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/events/event/article/tag-der-offenen-tuer-am-fibl-schweiz-2.html

Contents

1. Research

1.1 Improving inputs in organic farming – new Horizon 2020 project "RELACS" started
1.2 Designing resilient organic greenhouse production systems for Europe – new project started
1.3 MIX-ENABLE - new research project about sustainable livestock farming
1.4 Optimising vegetable crops for organic farming: Launch of 4-year EU research project BRESOV
1.5 Call for abstracts: DIVERSIFOOD Final Congress “Cultivating diversity and food quality”
1.6 Poster submission for the XVe European Society for Agronomy Congress (ESA)
1.7 The SolACE Newsletter is now available
1.8 ICOAS – Registration now open
1.9 ICOAS – Call for abstracts extended

2. Other News

2.1 FiBL and Korean Agency collaborate on promoting Smart Farming for organic agriculture
2.2 FiBL at the Annual Swiss Development Cooperation Conference 2018
2.3 Organic market and sector development – a decade of successful cooperation between Ukraine and Switzerland
2.4 FiBL at The Organic Farmer's Fair at GreenTech Amsterdam 2018
2.5 New round for the FiBL input list 2019

3. Publications and videos

3.1 Technical guide: Combining the best methods for successful control

4. Events

1 Research

1.1 Improving inputs in organic farming – new Horizon 2020 project "RELACS" started

The partners of the "Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems" (RELACS) project gathered to kick-off the RELACS project in Leuven, Belgium. Lucius Tamm, department leader at FiBL Switzerland, coordinates the project and says that RELACS provides a unique opportunity for farmer organisations, advisory services and researchers to work together and contribute to even higher environmental standards in organic farming.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/verbesserung-der-betriebsmittel-im-biologischen-landbau-neues-horizon-2020-projekt-relacs-gestar.html

1.2 Designing resilient organic greenhouse production systems for Europe – new project started

Greenhouse production is a highly intensive cropping system that guarantees out-of-season production in any climatic condition. The Greenresilient project, which was launched on 2 April 2018, aims to demonstrate the potential and feasibility of an agroecological approach to organic greenhouse production in Mediterranean, Central and Northern European organic production. FiBL Switzerland is one of the twelve project partners.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/neues-projekt-zur-entwicklung-resilienter-produktionssysteme-fuer-biologisch-bewirtschaftete-gewaechsh.html

1.3 MIX-ENABLE - new research project about sustainable livestock farming

Under the name MIX-ENABLE ten partner organisations from all over Europe and FiBL Switzerland launched a research and development project on sustainable organic mixed livestock farming at the beginning of April.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/mix-enable-new-research-project-about-sustainable-livestock-farming.html

1.4 Optimising vegetable crops for organic farming: Launch of 4-year EU research project BRESOV

The recently started European project BRESOV ("Breeding for Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Organic Vegetable Production") has set out to improve the competitiveness of three important vegetable crops (broccoli, snap bean and tomato) in an organic and sustainable environment. With a strong participation of stakeholders from the breeding and farming sector, the project aims to create a pipeline for crop improvement that will accelerate the production of high-quality organic seeds for breeders and farmers around the world. FiBL Switzerland is one of the 22 project partners.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/optimising-vegetable-crops-for-organic-farming-launch-of-4-year-eu-research-project-bresov.html

1.5 Call for abstracts: DIVERSIFOOD Final Congress “Cultivating diversity and food quality”

The final DIVERSIFOOD Congress "Cultivating diversity and food quality" will be held at the Congress Center in Rennes, France, from 10 to 12 December 2018. The DIVERSIFOOD project, of which FiBL Switzerland is a project partner, aims to evaluate and enrich the diversity of cultivated plants within diverse agroecosystems to increase their performance, resilience, quality and use through a multi-actor approach.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/call-for-abstracts-diversifood-final-congress-cultivating-diversity-and-food-quality.html

1.6 Poster submission for the XVe European Society for Agronomy Congress (ESA)

The XVe European Society for Agronomy Congress (ESA) will be held in Geneva from 27 to 31 August, where innovative cropping and farming systems for high quality food production systems will be presented and discussed. The congress is organized by Agroscope, ETH Zurich, FiBL Switzerland and the Swiss Society of Agronomy. It is open to scientists, professionals and students interested to discuss the scientific advances and possible practical applications.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/poster-submission-for-the-xve-european-society-for-agronomy-congress-esa-1.html

1.7 The SolACE Newsletter is now available

FiBL Switzerland is partner in the SoLACE project (Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use), which brings together a consortium of 25 partners from 14 European countries. In the first SolACE newsletter, the key components of the project, such as the protocol handbook, novel breeding strategies and tools as well as the farmer networks are discussed. The newsletter also includes an interview with Philippe Hinsinger, the SoLACE coordinator.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/the-solace-newsletter-now-available.html

1.8 ICOAS – Registration now open

The registration period for the 6th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS), held 7-9 November in Eisenstadt, Austria, is now open. ICOAS is jointly organised by FiBL and Esterhazy Betriebe GmbH. ICOAS brings together scientists, advisors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, associations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to meet and discuss latest research results and developments in organic agriculture.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/icoas-jetzt-anmelden.html

1.9 ICOAS – Call for abstracts extended

The submission period for presentations at the next International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS) is extended. The new deadline for submissions is 1 July 2018. Please note that in addition to submitting an abstract which will be attributed to a session, interested applicants also have the possibility to propose a full session.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/icoas-call-for-abstracts-verlaengert.html

2 Other News

2.1 FiBL and Korean Agency collaborate on promoting Smart Farming for organic agriculture

EPIS, the Korean Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and FiBL Switzerland signed a Memorandum of Understanding to share knowledge and information in agriculture, rural area and agri-food industry and to cooperate in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Smart Farming for organic agriculture.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-and-korean-agency-collaborate-on-promoting-smart-farming-for-organic-agriculture.html

2.2 FiBL at the Annual Swiss Development Cooperation Conference 2018

The Annual Swiss Development Cooperation Conference takes place on 29 June in Bern. Topics of the conference are food security and urban development in Africa. The team of FiBL's SysCom project (Farming Systems Comparison in the Tropics) will have a stand showcasing research activities addressing challenges of sustainable agriculture in the tropics.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-an-der-jahreskonferenz-der-schweizer-entwicklungszusammenarbeit-2018.html

2.3 Organic market and sector development – a decade of successful cooperation between Ukraine and Switzerland

The Swiss-Ukrainian project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO, Switzerland) and implemented by FiBL aimed to foster the growth of small and medium enterprises in the Ukrainian organic food sector by developing organic and regional food supply chains. The focus was on both national and international markets and the seed of over 10 years of successful cooperation is growing, not only due to excellent soil conditions but also because of the increasing demand for high quality food products on both international and domestic markets.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive18/media-release18/article/organic-market-and-sector-development-a-decade-of-successful-cooperation-between-ukraine-and-switz.html

2.4 FiBL at The Organic Farmer's Fair at GreenTech Amsterdam 2018

Representatives from FiBL Europe, FiBL Germany, FiBL Switzerland and ÖMKi proudly represented FiBL at the third annual GreenTech Horticultural Fair in Amsterdam from 12 to 14 June. This year saw the introduction of The Organic Farmer’s Fair (TOFF), which shared knowledge and innovation specifically on organic farming. 

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-at-the-organic-farmers-fair-at-greentech-amsterdam-2018.html

2.5 New round for the FiBL input list 2019

The input list assists organic farmers, consultants and control bodies in their work, for all listed trade products are verified by experts of FiBL regarding their suitability for the use in organic farming. The list provides clarity, which input products may be used in organic farming in Germany. Manufacturers and distributors of input products for organic agriculture can now submit applications directly for the new print version of the input list for evaluation. The deadline for new applications for the print version of the list is 31 July 2018.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive18/media-release18/article/neue-runde-fuer-fibl-betriebsmittelliste-2019.html

3 Publications and videos

3.1 Technical guide: Combining the best methods for successful control

Docks are a problem for many organic farms. Although docks are not specifically an "organic" problem, management on organic farms without recourse to herbicides can be particularly challenging. The most promising approach therefore is a combination of different measures. As part of the OK-Net Arable project, FiBL and the Organic Research Centre ORC have produced a practical guide on dock control in organic farms.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/technical-guide-combining-the-best-methods-for-successful-control.html

4 Events

FiBL at the Annual Swiss Development Cooperation Conference 2018

Open day at FiBL Switzerland

XVe European Society for Agronomy Congress (ESA)

27.08.2018 - 31.08.2018

Geneva, Switzerland

> www.esa-congress-2018.ch

Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting ABIM 2018

22.10.2018 - 24.10.2018

Congress Center Basel, Switzerland

> www.abim.ch/home.html

FiBL events in other languages

FiBL events in other languages can be viewed at

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/events.html

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> New FiBL publications in the Organic Eprints archive: www.fibl.org/en/fibl/themes/publications.html and FiBL homepage: www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html, below the news.

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Yours sincerely,
Helga Willer and Andreas Basler
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