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Strategies of weed control in organic farming


The aim of the proposal is to optimise weed control in Organic Farming with the emphasis on how to grow winter wheat while aiding weed suppression by indirect measures of weed control rather than relying further on the development of physical weed control techniques. A core programme will focus on morphological features, row width and sowing direction, all of which influence the competitive ability for light. The efficiency of further weed control measures such as photocontrol, allelopathic effects etc. will be studied in field and laboratory trials. The elaborated strategies will be integrated in a decision support system that will be checked and demonstrated on pilot farms. It is attended that optimal site specific combination of weed control measures derived from the decision support system can significantly reduce the need for mechanical control thus saving fossile energy. Impacts on economics as well as EU policy will be analysed.

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Katzenburgweg 3
53115 BONN

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