Project: Fertility building management measures in organic cropping systems

The project FertilCrop will address sustainable crop management techniques that will make efficient use of the interface to other plants, to the structured and stratified soil matrix, to beneficial microorganisms, and to the carbon and nitrogen cycle. The project targets organic farmers and will work in close connection with them in developing tools and decision support systems tailored to their needs. Participants of the project come from 12 European countries from research fields of agronomy, biology, crop sciences, soil sciences, microbiology, modelling and social sciences and experience in direct interchange with farmers and their organisations. The project builds on the network and findings of the previous TILMAN-ORG project, in which half of the project partners were participating. The previous project built on numerous field trials and farm networks on reduced tillage and green manures, which will be used again in FertilCrop, enriched with other field studies from new partners. Focus of FertilCrop are farming systems using reduced soil tillage, cover crops, adapted crop rotations and mixed cropping as well as orchards. Thematic work-packages address the competition weeds in crop stands, the physical properties of stratified soils that accumulate organic matter in top soil layers but often show compaction in the deeper horizons, the distribution of soil organisms along the soil profile and their influence on soil functions, review on the knowledge about nutrient losses to the aquatic environment and the atmosphere, and modelling the reduction of emissions and soil carbon sequestration. FertilCrop will develop tools with and for farmers to recognize good soil fertility and will develop in an iterative way decision support systems to optimize management strategies. The results will directly find their way into farming practice as farmers will be included in the project.

Acronym FertilCrop (Reference Number: 563)
Duration 01/01/2015 - 01/01/2018
Project Topic 1. Crop: Plant/Soil interaction in organic crop production
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Network CORE Organic Plus
Call Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems (2014)

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Estonian University of Life Sciences Partner Estonia
2 Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation - State Research Institute Partner Poland
3 Department of Agroecology Partner Denmark
4 ISARA-Lyon Partner France
5 Cantabrian Agricultural Research and Training Centre Partner Spain
6 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Partner Sweden
7 n/a Partner Italy
8 Institut National de Recherches Agronomiques Partner France
9 University of Ljubljana Partner Slovenia
10 Helmholtz Zentrum München Partner Germany
11 Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry Partner Lithuania
12 Fundacja im. Stanislawa Karlowskiego Partner Poland
13 Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmetal Research Partner Norway
14 Dipartimento di Scienze delle Produzioni Agroalimentari e dell'Ambiente Partner Italy
15 n/a Partner Italy
16 n/a Partner Denmark
17 Wageningen University Partner Netherlands
18 Institute for sustainable development Partner Slovenia
19 University of Barcelona Partner Spain
20 FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Coordinator Switzerland