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Strategies for weed control in organic farming

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-31418
Project type: CM (Combined Research and Demonstration Project)
Starting date: 01-10-2000
Duration: 48 months
Total cost: 2,755,976 EUR
EC Contribution: 2,281,243 EUR
Scientific Officer: Massimo BURIONI
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Plant Systems

Abstract:
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 expected 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.


Coordinator
Reinhardt LUTZ
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitšt Bonn
Bonn
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 228 737274
Fax: +49 228 737473
E-mail: i.weiler@uni-bonn.de


Partners
  Michael SMITH
Scottish Agricultural College
Penicuik
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1315 354074
Fax: +44 1315 354183
E-mail: m.l.smith@ed.sac.ac.uk
  Wlodzimierz KLUCINSKI
Warsaw Agriculture University
Warsaw
POLAND
Tel.: +48 22 8438588
Fax: +48 22 8438588
E-mail: rektor@sggw.waw.pl
  J. Javvier GARCIA CANETE
Instituto Madrileno de Investigation Agraria y Alimentaria
Alcala de Henares
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 918892920
Fax: +34 918880726
E-mail: javier.garcia@encin.alcal.es
  Raffaele ZANOLI
Universitŗ degli Studi Ancona
Ancona
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0712204929
Fax: +39 0712204858
E-mail: zanoli@agrecon.unian.it