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Innovative design and management to boost functional biodiversityof organic orchards

Title OriginalInnovative design and management to boost functional biodiversityof organic orchards

The aim of this project is to provide a better implementation of functional biodiversity in organic orchards. For this, we test promising, practically-oriented approaches and methods for improving natural regulation of pests in orchards. Moreover, a European network for knowledge and experience transfer is in development to improve the transfer into practice.

Detailed Description

Orchards are perennial cultures, and especially in organic fruit production it is essential to design and manage orchards in a way which favours beneficials such as insect predators and parasitoids of pests and diseases. The value of Functional Agro-Biodiversity (FAB) for reducing pesticide use in fruit production is generally acknowledged, and many organic fruit growers try to increase it. However, they lack information about how the taken functional biodiversity measures may indeed contribute to FAB. Motivation is also negatively affected by the fact that they encounter many difficulties or fail due to various economical and technical reasons or by lack of situation-specific, detailed advice. To improve this situation, ECOORCHARD is combining several complementary and goal-oriented approaches: (i) identifying and compiling still “unknown” methods already implemented by fruit growers to increase FAB in EU countries in WP 1; (ii) elaborating suitable methods for collaborative application to monitor FAB on-farm and in scientific trials in WP 2; (iii) conducting collaborative scientific trials in WP 3 with focus on the quantification of the effect of a new approach to install FAB-boosting flower strips in the inter rows and (iv) the activities in WP 4 are devoted to learning from each other and dissemination. The different on-farm sites, scientific trials and a web-based stakeholder platform to collect and share information (made in WP 1) are important elements to bring the collected experiences and scientific results very directly to the organic fruit growers.

(Research) Program
  • CORE Organic Plus/ Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)
Project partners
  • InHort, Poland
    Dorota Kruczyńska
  • INRA, France
    Servane Penvern
  • GRAB, France
    François Warlop
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Germany
    Annette Herz
  • SLU, Sweden
    Marco Tasim
  • VZ-Laimburg, Italy
    Markus Kelderer
  • Latvian Plant Protection Research Centre, Latvia
    Laura Ozolina-Pole
  • CRA-W, Belgium
    Laurent Jamar
  • EcoAdvice, Denmark
    Karen Korsgaard


FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff (people who are not linked are former FiBL employees)
Further information


Publications in the FiBL shop

shop.fibl.org: Technical guide "Perennial flower strips – a tool for improving pest control in fruit orchards" (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Latvian, Polish, Danish)

Research area
FiBL project number 20031
Date modified 12.11.2019
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