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FiBL Newsletter August 2018

Open Day at FiBL Switzerland

On 19 August 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm, FiBL will host an open day in Frick - you are very welcome to join!

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.

Topics and attractions: Current organic research • Guided tours in the laboratories, fruit orchards and vineyards • Apple breeding • Composting done right • Organic cotton: From seed to t-shirt • Consulting the plant doctor • Information on the FiBL construction plans • Information event on current agricultural topics • Information on organic certification by bio.inspecta • Winery • Apiary • Farmer's market • Organic food • Coffee & cake • Live music • Play area • Story time

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.


1 Further news

1.1 First annual meeting of the European project ReMIX held in France

The ReMIX project, funded with 5 million euros by the European Union in the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme, will allow overcoming the barriers for adopting species mixtures in European agricultural systems through a 4-year collaborative research project. It will produce scientifically credible, but also economically and socially valuable new knowledge for both conventional and organic agricultural systems. FiBL is involved in three work packages and leads two of the research tasks.


1.2 The ruling by the European Court of Justice on gene-editing: an initial assessment by FiBL

On 25 July, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) published its ruling in the matter of an action brought by French agricultural organisations and NGOs: Gene-editing and other new breeding techniques which generate mutations by directly altering an organism’s genome are subject to the obligations laid down by GMO legislation. This ruling is good news for the organic farming sector and for critical consumers. Complete transparency from seed to food is ensured, thus safeguarding freedom of choice.


2 Events

Open day at FiBL Switzerland

15th European Society for Agronomy Congress (ESA)

27.08.2018 - 31.08.2018

Geneva, Switzerland


Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting ABIM 2018

22.10.2018 - 24.10.2018

Congress Center Basel, Switzerland


ICOAS 2018

07.11.2018 - 09.11.2018

Eisenstadt, Austria


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Yours sincerely,
Helga Willer and Andreas Basler
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL
Ackerstrasse 113 / Postfach 219
CH-5070 Frick
Phone +41 62 865-7272
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