„Crop diversification and weeds”
Programme: 7th EU Framework Programme
Project period: 01.03.2015–28.02.2018
Contract number: CoreOrganicPlus/PRODIVA/1381/2015
Project Coordinator: Bo Melander Prof. (Aarhus University)
Project Coordinator from IPP – NRI: Roman Krawczyk Ph.D.
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About: PRODIVA will improve the understanding of crop diversification and its impact on weeds. The project seeks to produce results and guidelines for the application of crop diversification measures that will improve the management of weeds.
Weed problems remain to be a major constrain for the improvement of crop productivity in organic farming. There is a constant need for preventive tactics to limit undesired weed interference. Investigations undertaken in Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Poland and Germany aim to clarify the prospects of using crop diversification tactics for weed management purposes.
Despite the need for weed management to preserve crop yield, organic cropping systems strongly contribute to maintain and support diverse weed communities on arable fields. Direct control actions are motivated to instantly release the crop from weed interference. However, the reliance on direct tactics could be reduced through careful planning of cropping systems that mitigate severe weed problems and create a more balanced and manageable weed flora. Diversifying crop components in cropping systems is a way to achieve this but it has not been exploited in practise.
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Project website: http://projects.au.dk/coreorganicplus/research-projects/prodiva/