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15 November 2017
Organic Innovation Days
Incorporating OK-NET arable final conference
23 November 2017
Winter Organic Cereals
Diversity in the field - the way forward?
17 October 2017
Organic and Low-Input Dairy Farming
Avenues to Enhance Sustainability and Competitiveness in the EU
15 October 2017
Trees and livestock
What is the role of trees and woodland on an upland livestock farm today?
16 August 2017
Promoting crop diversification in European agriculture
A major 5-year European project ˗ DiverIMPACTS launched
Impacts of organic silvoarable systems on pest and disease distribution – Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Berkshire
Contract period:1 March 2010 to 28 August 2010
Main funder:University of Reading/ORC
Contact staff at ORC:Dr. Jo Smith
Project aimsTom Pinkham, an MSc student from University of Reading, worked with us on his research thesis to investigate the influence of tree rows on an ecosystem service - pest and disease control. He measured the influence of tree/hedgerow strips on microclimate and soil characteristics at various distances from the tree rows into the middle of the crop alleys, and in a neighbouring open field. Assessments of major pests and/or diseases, and crop assessments, were carried out in the crop alleys and compared with levels in monocropped fields. Analyses identified higher air temperatures, moister soils, and lower wind speeds when compared to control system. Weed cover was 7% higher in the agroforestry system, and aphids and Ramularia were also higher in the agroforestry crop. However, there was no significant difference in crop damage levels between the agroforestry system and control field.