'Organic cropping systems for higher and more stable cereal yields' is a 5- year Strategic Institute Programme from Norwegian Research Council, "Bioproduksjon og foredling" led by The Norwegian Crop Research Institute (Planteforsk) in the cooperation wi th The Agricultural University of Norway, Norwegian Centre for Ecological Agriculture and Hedmark College. In addition scientists from Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands and China are involved. Of vital importance for future policy on the structure and development of organic farming in Norway is how and to what extent we can improve the level and stability of cereal yields in organic cash cropping systems with limited access to organic nu trient sources, without compromising the major goal of sustainability in organic farming. In this programme we will seek solutions to this task through a comprehensive agroecological analysis combined with component-oriented studies of the main bottleneck s in organic cereal production:1) poor soil structure; 2) insufficient nitrogen supply; 3) perennial weeds. Organic agriculture has a high priority in the strategic plan of Planteforsk as well as in the strategic plans of the cooperating institutions. Thus, education of a PhD candidate in agroecology, increased international cooperation and broadening o f the level of competency in this field of research will be focussed upon.
SIP-LMD-SIP finansiert av Landbruksog matdepartementet