- Project Leader: Dr. Julia Cooper
- Staff: Dr. Leonidas Rempelos
- Sponsors: CORE Organic II Funding Bodies, being partners of the FP7 ERA-Net project, CORE Organic II (Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming systems, project no. 249667).
- Partners: 1) Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart/Germany 2) Forschungsinstitut für Biologischen Landbau (FiBL), Frick/Switzerland. 3) Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ), Zürich/Switzerland. Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Group of Plant Nutrition. 4) Bioforsk Økologisk/Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming, Tingvoll/Norway. 5) Bioforsk Jord og miljø/Bioforsk Soil, Water and Environment, Aas/Norway. 6) Universität für Bodenkultur (BOKU), Vienna/Austria. 7) Forschungsinstitut für Biologischen Landbau, Vienna/Austria. 8) University of Newcastle, School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development, Nafferton Ecological Farming Group, Soils & Environment Group, Newcastle/United Kingdom. 9) University of Copenhagen, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Copenhagen/Denmark.
Organic farming systems rely on the efficient use and recycling of available resources, however current P balances indicate a decline in plant available soil P. This suggests that current practice is not sustainable in the long-term. This project will assess current knowledge on P management in organic farming and availability of alternative P fertilizers (APFs) in the 6 partner countries (Austria, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, UK and Denmark). The project’s overall aim is to help organic farmers realise the benefits of improved P cycling at a regional scale in full accordance with the goals of organic farming. More details of the project can be found on the project homepage.