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Pathways to phase-out contentious inputs from organic agriculture in Europe


Design scenarios for phasing out contentious inputs

Design scenarios for user-centric organic production systems phasing out contentious inputs

Current use and legal status of WP SOIL (conventional fertiliser, peat, plastic,) contentious inputs

Report on the current use and legal status of contentious inputs to support plant production and soil fertility in organic farming and why differences between countries are significant

Technical paper on organic materials as peat substitute

Technical paper and website news about material requirements for relevant organic materials used as peat substitute

Report on the chemical analysis and in-vitro trials

Report on the chemical analysis and in-vitro trials on alternative natural plant products (in vitro anti-parasitic activity of plant sources, chemical evaluation of alternative sources of vitamins)

Modelling disease dynamics

Analysis and modelling of disease dynamics in potato blight

Current use and legal status of livestock contentious inputs

Report on the current use and legal status of contentious inputs to support livestock productions in organic farming in EU.

Technical paper on defibreing technology for substrate

Technical paper and website news to explain the technology of defibreing moist organic material by extrusion and milling, and the potential implications of this technology for substrate properties and to increase the rate of decomposition

Feasibility of designed scenarios

Operational (in terms of ease of management, resource input, cost-benefit, etc.) feasibility of the designed scenarios

Report on plant sources of vitamins for livestock

Report on alternative natural plant sources of vitamins for cows, beef, young stock, lamb, poultry and pig nutrition

Factsheets for stakeholder uptake (WP LIVESTOCK)

Factsheets (4) for Stakeholder’s uptake on: potential plant products molecules from plant products to be employed as alternative sources of vitamins and alternative anti-infective or immuno-stimulant in organic farming

Report on alternatives to contentious inputs

Report presenting an inventory of promising alternatives to contentious inputs to fertilisers, peat and plastic mulch; and summarizing the opinions on which alternatives are most promising

Citizen jury report

Comparative citizen jury report

Report, production samples and quality control on alternative bedding and analysis of agroforestry supply chain products

Report of the identification of alternative/new bedding raw materials. Analysis of production technologies in agroforestry and further processing required for the use as bedding materials. This includes reporting on production of samples of alternative/new bedding materials for application trials and report on the development of tools for quality control.

EIP practice abstracts (first batch)

First batch of EIP practice abstracts. Minimum two per topical WP 3,4,5. The practice abstracts are short practical EIP format version of the Factsheets/mini-papers envisaged in WP 3 PLANT (D.3.3 and D3.11) in WP4 LIVESTOCK (D4.3 and D4.8 -9-10-12-13. and in WP5 SOIL (D5.7 and D5.12).

Environmental sustainability report

Environmental sustainability report available for further modelling and stakeholder interaction

Survey on public opinion

Report from survey on public opinion regarding contentious inputs

Available alternatives or reduction strategies Cu and MinOil

Report on available alternatives or alternatives under development to contentious inputs in organic crop production; Documentation and evaluation of best practice examples for Cu and MinOil reduction.

Current use on farms

Working report on the current use of, and alternatives to, contentious inputs

Peer-reviewed paper on defibrated organic materials (peat replacement)

Peer-reviewed paper on experiences with defibrated organic materials as (decomposed) substrate to replace peat

Factsheets for stakeholders

Factsheets (4) for stakeholder’s uptake on: transfer/adaptation of available alternatives to contentious inputs for crop (citrus, olives, tomato, aubergine) protection in organic farming in the Mediterranean region.

Current use and legal status of crop protection inputs

Report on the current use of contentious inputs for crop protection in organic farming and on the legal status for inputs use in organic crop production in EU.

Citizen jury video ‘diary’

Video ‘diary’ documenting the citizen juries

Internal and External websites

Internal and External project websites launched

International course on contentious inputs

Delivery of international course on controversial inputs in organic production

Online course on contentious inputs

Delivery of short online course about contentious inputs in organic agriculture

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Author(s): Alev KIR1, Uygun AKSOY2, Özge ÇİÇEKLİ2
Publisher: İzmir Fuarcılık Hizmetleri Kültür ve Sanat İşleri

Results from the consumer studies in Organic PLUS. How can regulations better fit to the consumers’ expectations

Author(s): Gunnar Vittersø, Hanne Torjusen, Christian B.H. Thorjussen, Alexander Schjøll, Unni Kjærnes
Published in: 2019
Publisher: Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture (NORSØK)

Harvesting our fertilisers from the sea - an approach to close the nutrient gaps in organic farming

Author(s): Løes AK, Ahuja I, deBoer, A
Published in: OWC 2020/2021 proceedings, Science Forum, 2021
Publisher: IFOAM/ ISOFAR

Phasing out contentious inputs from agriculture in Europe – and beyond? Examples from the 4-year research project Organic-PLUS. International Science Conference on “Organic Farming Research, Technologies and Extension”

Author(s): Ulrich Schmutz, Nikolaos Katsoulas, Anne-Kristin Løes
Published in: "International Science Conference on “Organic Farming Research, Technologies and Extension""", 2020
Publisher: ICAR

Peat, plastic and fertilisers in organic growing across Europe - current use and future options

Author(s): Løes AK, Schmutz U, Katsoulas N, et al
Published in: OWC 2020/2021 proceedings, Science Forum, 2019
Publisher: IFOAM/ ISOFAR

Caracterización parcial del sector ganadero ecológico español y problemática actual

Author(s): Carmen L. Manuelian, Elena Albanell, Xavier Such, Massimo De Marchi
Published in: Informacion Tecnica Economica Agraria, 2021, Page(s) P1-25, ISSN 2386-3765
Publisher: Asociación Interprofesional para el Desarrollo Agrario (AIDA)
DOI: 10.12706/itea.2020.044

Potential of Fish Pond Sediments Composts as Organic Fertilizers

Author(s): D. Dróżdż, K. Malińska, M. Kacprzak, M. Mrowiec, A. Szczypiór, P. Postawa, T. Stachowiak
Published in: Waste and Biomass Valorization, 11/10, 2020, Page(s) 5151-5163, ISSN 1877-2641
Publisher: Springer Verlag
DOI: 10.1007/s12649-020-01074-6

Waste derived biochar as an alternative filler in biocomposites - Mechanical, thermal and morphological properties of biochar added biocomposites

Author(s): A. Pudełko, P. Postawa, T. Stachowiak, K. Malińska, D. Dróżdż
Published in: Journal of Cleaner Production, 278, 2021, Page(s) 123850, ISSN 0959-6526
Publisher: Elsevier BV
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.123850

Organic Livestock Production: A Bibliometric Review

Author(s): Carmen L. Manuelian, Mauro Penasa, Luciana da Costa, Sara Burbi, Federico Righi, Massimo De Marchi
Published in: Animals, 10/4, 2020, Page(s) 618, ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher: MDPI
DOI: 10.3390/ani10040618

Current use of copper, mineral oils and sulphur for plant protection in organic horticultural crops across 10 European countries

Author(s): N. Katsoulas, A.-K. Løes, D. Andrivon, G. Cirvilleri, M. de Cara, A. Kir, L. Knebl, K. Malińska, F. W. Oudshoorn, H. Willer, U. Schmutz
Published in: Organic Agriculture, 10/S1, 2020, Page(s) 159-171, ISSN 1879-4238
Publisher: Springer Science + Business Media
DOI: 10.1007/s13165-020-00330-2

Phasing out contentious inputs in organic and non-organic horticulture – Organic-PLUS

Author(s): U. Schmutz, F. Rayns, N. Katsoulas, A.K. Løes, M. De Marchi, C.G. Sørensen, A. Evans
Published in: Acta Horticulturae, 1286, 2020, Page(s) 211-218, ISSN 0567-7572
Publisher: International Society for Horticultural Science
DOI: 10.17660/actahortic.2020.1286.30

Plant Feed Additives as Natural Alternatives to the Use of Synthetic Antioxidant Vitamins on Poultry Performances, Health, and Oxidative Status: A Review of the Literature in the Last 20 Years

Author(s): Federico Righi, Rosario Pitino, Carmen L. Manuelian, Marica Simoni, Afro Quarantelli, Massimo De Marchi, Eleni Tsiplakou
Published in: Antioxidants, 10/5, 2021, Page(s) 659, ISSN 2076-3921
Publisher: MDPI
DOI: 10.3390/antiox10050659

Fish pond sediment from aquaculture production – current practices and the potential for nutrient recovery**: a Review

Author(s): Danuta Dróżdż, Krystyna Malińska, Jakub Mazurkiewicz, Małgorzata Kacprzak, Maciej Mrowiec, Agnieszka Szczypiór, Przemysław Postawa, Tomasz Stachowiak
Published in: International Agrophysics, 1/34, 2020, Page(s) 33-41, ISSN 0236-8722
Publisher: Polska Akademia Nauk
DOI: 10.31545/intagr/116394

Combined application of antagonistic Wickerhamomyces anomalus BS91 strain and Cynara cardunculus L. leaf extracts for the control of postharvest decay of citrus fruit

Author(s): Cristina Restuccia, Monia Lombardo, Aurelio Scavo, Giovanni Mauromicale, Gabriella Cirvilleri
Published in: Food Microbiology, 92, 2020, Page(s) 103583, ISSN 0740-0020
Publisher: Academic Press
DOI: 10.1016/

Transitioning to peat free horticulture in the UK: an assessment of policy, progress, opportunities and barriers.

Author(s): Bek, D., Lennartsson Turner, M., Lanari, N., Conroy, J. & Evans, A
Published in: 2020, Page(s) 1-93
Publisher: Commissioned by HTA

Can extract from bark reduce coccidiosis in suckling lambs?

Author(s): Sørheim KM, Johanssen JRE, Blomstrand BM, Enemark H
Published in: Report series: NORSØK report vol 5 no. 8, 2020, Report series: NORSØK report vol 5 no. 8, 2020, 2020, Page(s) 1-40, ISBN 978-82-8202-105-0
Publisher: Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculutre (NORSØK)