25 January 2018
Trees on livestock farms

AFINET meeting - Shropshire

15 February 2018
Trees on arable farms

AFINET meeting - Cambridgeshire



17 January 2018
Agroforestry innovation leaflets published

Factsheets produced by AGFORWARD on Innovation and best practice

16 January 2018
Challenges of organic arable farming

Free online course on OK-Net Arable



19 January 2018
Inspirational farmer-partner wanted for organic research farm

ORC wishes to appoint an inspirational share-farmer partner to manage its 80 ha Elm Farm in Berkshire from November 2018.

Dr. Charlotte Bickler

Job title

Crops and Breeding Researcher

Contact details

Email prefix: charlotte.b (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 658298 - extn. 531
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 0HR

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Evolutionary Ecology (University of Bristol)
  • MRes in Biodiversity and Conservation (University of Leeds)
  • BSc in Biology (University of Nottingham)

Main roles and responsibilities

My work focuses on increasing diversity and resilience in agricultural systems, particularly within crops at a genetic level. I am developing this area within the crops team; studying the ORC Wakelyns Population and working on the LIVESEED and DIVERSify H2020 projects.

Research interests

I am interested in developing an improved understanding of how ecological and evolutionary responses can be quantified to promote their successful integration in land management for agricultural productivity, sustainability and conservation.

Selected publications

Bickler C, A’Hara S, Cottrell J, Rogers L, Bridle J (2013) Characterisation of thirteen polymorphic microsatellite markers for cowslip (Primula veris L.) developed using a 454 sequencing approach. Conservation Genetics Resources, 3, 2 - 4.