New study busts myths around organic integrated crop-livestock rotations

A groundbreaking study out of Iowa State University tackled the myth that animal and crop production must be kept separate to prevent food pathogens, with findings that showed organic integrated crop-livestock operations were as safe as (or even safer) than conventional practices where crops and livestock were not integrated.


Organic fruit? Yes please, it may harbor fewer bacterial diseases…

Frontiers in Microbiology has published a new study showing that the microbial diversity on organic fruit may be able to keep disease-causing bacteria at bay. Researchers compared bacterial communities in organic versus conventional apples, and found that while organic and conventional apples have the same amount of bacteria on them, organic apples have more beneficial bacteria that offer favorable health effects for consumers.


Beetles that control foodborne pathogens spread by flies: a benefit from organic farms

The journal Biological Controlhas published a studywhose task was to survey beetle communities in conventional and organic farms. It found that only organic farms fostered the right beetle species that directly suppresses E. coli on farms.


Biological soil amendments: more research needed about their use

An article published in the most recent issue of the Organic Farmer magazine highlights a partnership between The Organic Center and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and makes a call for more research on food safety risks of using raw manure on organic farms.


“Biological and integrated control of plant pathogens”: a workshop in Spain

Following the last IOBC-WPRS meeting of the Working Group “Biological and integrated control of plant pathogens” held  in Berlin in September 2016, the Institute of Agriculture and Food Research and Technology (IRTA), a research institute from Catalan government, will organize a meeting in Lleida (Catalonia) together with the local University. The workshop will be held at the “Centre de Cultures i Cooperació transfronterera” Auditorium of the University of Lleida  from 23 to 26 April.


Università della Tuscia (Viterbo): searching for alternatives to copper use in organic farming

The University cares about organic agriculture: an educational exhibition day was organized last 8 July  by the Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry (DAFNE) of “La Tuscia” University in Viterbo, in cooperation with the didactic-experimental farm 'Nello Lupori'.

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