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Plant breeding and variety trials

Plant breeding and variety trials

The vast majority of seeds used in organic production in Europe is based on varieties that were bred for the conventional sector. There are only few varieties that were specifically bred for organic and low-input systems in developed countries. Organic breeding leads to new organic cultivars or populations specifically adapted to organic agriculture. Organic farmers need cultivars and populations that are well adapted to their specific agro-ecological conditions. Desired traits include water and nutrient use efficiency, good weed competition as well as resistance to pests and diseases. Novel breeding concepts and strategies adapted to organic and low-input farming are needed to address the demand for organic seeds.

On this page, you will find information on breeding programmes developed specifically for organic farming, prioritizing different traits required under organic and low-input systems. Here you will also find lists of varieties developed in different countries as well as information on novel breeding and screening tools and on holistic breeding concepts.

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Cultivating a diverse wheat population suitable for low-input and organic farming

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TitleIssuing organisationProjectYear of releaseRating
Breeding an organic forage crop variety (Liveseed Practice Abstract)AgroscopeLiveseed2020
Comparison of bread wheat varieties with different breeding origin under organic...ATK - Centre for Agricultural ResearchLiveseed2014
Concerning Brassica vegetables ...INRAE - National Research Institute for...Liveseed2006
Creating dynamic and diverse populations. Mixtures of landraces or old varieties...INRAE - National Research Institute for... , NARDI - National Agricultural Research and...Liveseed2020
Crop Management of Rapeseed and Pollen Beetle ControlFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20164 (1)
Cultivating a diverse wheat population suitable for low-input and organic...ORC - Organic Research Centre, Elm FarmOK-Net Arable20175 (1)
Diversity and Participatory Research for Organic AgricultureINRAE - National Research Institute for...Liveseed2019
Effect of organic cultivation in landraces of peppersUniversitat Politècnica de València2018
Functional compounds of einkorn and emmer genotypesATK - Centre for Agricultural ResearchLiveseed2014
Grain Pea in Organic FarmingCREA2006
Heterogeneous spring barley populations in Latvia (Liveseed Practice Abstract)AREI - Institute of Agricultural Resources and...Liveseed2020
How to evaluate weed competitiveness in cereals (Liveseed Practice Abstract)AGES - Austrian Agency for Health and Food SafetyLiveseed2020
Managing on farm populations. Mixtures of landraces or old varieties (Liveseed...INRAE - National Research Institute for...Liveseed2020
Organic CerealsFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20104 (3)
Organic cultivation in autumn 2016 - Varieties, Seeds and Crop managementLFI - Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut ÖsterreichOK-Net Arable2016
Organic Cultivation in Spring 2016 - Varieties, Seeds and Crop managementLFI - Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut ÖsterreichOK-Net Arable2016
Organic Field Crop ProductionOACC - Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada,...OK-Net Arable-
Organic quality wheat production - Results of long-term field trials of...LFI - Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut ÖsterreichOK-Net Arable2016
Plant breeding with farmers. A technical manualICARDA - International Center for Agricultural...OK-Net Arable2012
Resistant varieties for fruit growers - Malidae groupÖMKi - Hungarian Research Institute of Organic...Liveseed2014
SortInfoSEGESLiveseed19965 (1)
The cell fusion-free vegetable list helps organic farmers to find suitable...BNN - Bundesverband Naturkost Naturwaren e.V. , FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureLiveseed2019
The identification of wheat genetic resources with high dietary fiber contentATK - Centre for Agricultural ResearchLiveseed2014
Towards ecological and societal resilience through systems-based plant breeding...De Beersche HoeveLiveseed2019