9 June 2020
Seeds and deeds

Collective plant breeding for reduced input farming

23 June 2020
NFU virtual organic farm walk

Challenges of net zero



29 May 2020
iSAGE Toolbox - How to design it step by step

Safeguard farmers' decision making tool

29 May 2020
Innovative network for promoting pulses as novel protein sources

Case study of the British fava bean food value chain



29 April 2020
Tim Bennett is the new Chair of ORC

Former NFU president takes on chairmanship of Organic Research Centre

Plant breeding projects

Current projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
Farm-based organic variety trials network (LiveWheat)DefraLivewheat will establish a network of farmers and researchers, with broad stakeholders’ support, able to undertake on-farm experimentation and data collection to enable informed decision making for sustainable organic and low-input wheat production
LIVESEED: Boosting organic seed and plant breeding across EuropeEU H2020EU H2020 research project boosting organic seed and plant breeding across Europe. 35 partners - 18 countries

Completed projects

Project title (acronym)FunderDescription
Wheat and barley Legacy for Breeding Improvement (WHEALBI)EU FP 7The aim of the WHEALBI project is to apply genomic, genetic and agronomic approaches to improve European wheat and barley production in competitive and sustainable cropping systems.
Coordinating organic plant breeding activities for diversity (COBRA)Core Organic/DefraCOBRA involves 41 partners from 18 European countries which will focus on coordinating, linking and expanding on-going organic breeding activities in cereals and grain legumes across Europe, drawing together experts from previously fragmented areas.
Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding and Management (SOLIBAM)EU FP7Develop specific and novel breeding approaches integrated with management practices to improve performance, quality, sustainability and stability of crops adapted to organic and low-input systems in Europe and small-scale farms in Africa.
Harnessing new technologies for sustainable oat production and utilization (QUOATS)Defra, BBSRCThis project integrates various breeding and selection methods with high throughput analysis of grain composition to develop oats varieties for human consumption, livestock production and industrial uses.
Adaptive winter wheat populations: development, genetic characterisation and applicationDefraWe study the yield, quality, and stability of wheat Composite Cross Populations (CCPs) under high and low input over a range of environments through phenotypic and genotypic analyses and develop the processing capabilities of CCPs for various end users.