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Applied organic research – a view from Aberdeen, Scotland

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The organic research programme at the University of Aberdeen started in the late 1990s with support from a variety of sponsors. The early targets were to improve our understanding of the management of organic soils, and to provide technical support to the rapid expansion of organic production in the UK. Research was carried out on weed and pest control using a variety of methods, including break crops, biological competitors and predators, composting and steam sterilisation. Blight in potatoes and Sclerotinia in carrots were particular targets. Work summaries and publication references can be found at www.abdn.ac.uk/organic.

Since 2001, the programme has focussed on scientific and technical support to two commercial farms converting from conventional to organic production. The interests have ranged from the changing soil biology, through plant and animal health, to the financial status of the farms. This article will give a summary of some of the projects involved in the farm conversions that are supported by the Kintail Land Research Foundation.
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Keywords: BIOLOGICAL CONTROL; BRACKEN MANAGEMENT; ORGANIC FARMING; SOIL HEALTH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-06-01

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