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In Germany field days and events!

Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten is organizing two field days, close to Freising.

The field visits will consist of an excursion to the dwarf bunt of wheat susceptibilty field trials, addressed to farmers, advisors and students.

The next dates are: 23/06 and 04/07.

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COBRA Book of abstracts – NOW AVAILABLE!!!

Libri     The European research project COBRA (Coordinating Organic plant Breeding Activities for Diversity) aims to unleash the potential of plant genetic diversity for organic agriculture by linking up efforts on both pure line breeding and Hi-D systems. The project, led by the Organic Research Centre (UK), started in March 2013 and brings together 41 partner organizations from 18 countries.

COBRA focuses on four major arable crops: wheat, barley, pea and faba bean.


It will address five specific areas:

(1) seed health;

(2) response of crops to multiple stresses;

(3) improvements in breeding efficiency for organic systems;

(4) structural issues such as funding for breeding and the regulatory framework;

(5) networking and coordination.

This book of abstracts describes the background to the project and introduces its unifying concepts.

Download the book of abstracts:

COBRA Book of abstracts

International Congress SOLIBAM – 7th/9th July 2014

Diversity strategies for organic and low input agricultures and their food systems – SOLIBAM final congress

7th – 9th July 2014
Oniris-La Geraudière, Nantes (France)
This event is the final congress of SOLIBAM (2010-2014) which aimed to develop novel breeding approaches integrated with management practices to improve the performance, quality, sustainability and stability of crops adapted to organic and low-input systems in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. The underlying hypothesis is that diverse populations are more resilient to stress and can therefore better adapt to environmental variation. Twelve countries and 23 organisations (research and development institutions and breeding and seed companies) are involved in the consortium.

Partners from COBRA (Coordinating Organic plant BReeding Activities for diversity –, a Core-organic II programme, will join the SOLIBAM team and participate to the scientific committee.

Submission until May 12th, 2014.

Registration until June 20th, 2014.

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Organic Research Centre’s Wakelyns Agroforestry Open Day, 19th June 2014

The Organic Research Centre’s Wakelyns Agroforestry is organizing an Open Day, 19th June 2014.

Field trials involving the wheat composite cross population (CCP), including the cycling CCPs and the lines selected from the CCP, will be heavily involved in the
open day.

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