28 April 2015
Fertility building leys and green manures

Field lab at Tolhurst Organic

14 May 2015
Creeping thistle field lab

Controlling creeping thistles in arable crops and grass leys



20 April 2015
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15 April 2015
ORC Bulletin 118 is at the printers!

Autumn 2014 issue also now available to download



25 November 2014
ORC welcomes Defra’s proposed organic payment rates

New Countryside Stewardship Scheme support rates for organic farming in England have been announced today.

Dr. Bruce Pearce

Job title

Deputy director

Contact details

Email prefix: bruce.p (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 658298 - extn. 551
Fax: +44 (0)1488 658 503
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 0HR

Academic qualifications

PhD: "The Control of Tomato Fruit Growth' 1992: The University of Liverpool and Horticulture Research International, Littlehampton.
BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences 1987. Wolverhampton Polytechnic (now The University of Wolverhampton).

Main roles and responsibilities

  • Management of the ORC research and technical programmes
  • Human Resources
  • Quality Assurance

Research interests

His research in recent years has focused on implications of GM, research priorities, participatory research methods and systems research. Currently developing work on monogastric diet and production systems.

External activities

  • Director GM Freeze.

Selected publications

Selected journal papers

Smith, L.G., Williams, A.G., Pearce, B.D. (2014). The Energy Efficiency of Organic Agriculture. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.

Smith, J., Pearce, B.D. and Wolfe, M.S. (2012) Reconciling productivity with protection of the environment: Is temperate agroforestry the answer? Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. doi:10.1017/S1742170511000585

Smith, J., Pearce, B.D. and Wolfe, M.S. (2012) A European perspective for developing modern multifunctional agroforestry systems for sustainable intensification. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. doi:10.1017/S1742170511000597

Other publications

Smith, LG, Williams, AG, Pearce, BD (2013). Energy Use in Organic Systems. Paper Presentation at Tyndall Centre Climate Transitions Conference, Cardiff University 3-5th April 2013.

Döring, Thomas F.; Baddeley, J. A.; Brown, RJ; Collins, R; Crowley, Oliver; Cuttle, Steve; McCalman, Heather; Pearce, Bruce; Roderick, Stephen; Stobart, Ron; Storkey, Jonathan; Watson, Christine; Wolfe, Martin and Jones, H E (2012) Legume based plant mixtures for delivery of multiple ecosystem services: An overview of benefits. In: McCracken, K (Ed.) Agriculture and the Environment IX, Valuing Ecosystems: Policy, Economic and Management Interactions, pp. 150-155.

RD Lillywhite, C Keeling, P Courtney, N Lampkin, B Pearce, F Rayns, M Reed, U Schmutz, C Watson and A Williams (2012). Assessing the economic, environmental and social characteristics of UK farming systems. The 10th European IFSA Symposium

Nelder R, Smith J, Clements R and Pearce B. (2012). 100% local and organic: closing the protein gap for poultry in the ICOPP Project. In: Rahmann, Gerold and Godinho, D (Eds.) Agriculture and Forestry Research (362), pp. 385-387.

Catherine L. Gerrard, L. G. Smith, B. Pearce, S. Padel and R. Hitchings, M. Measures and N. Cooper. (2012). Public Goods and Farming. Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, 1, Volume 10, Farming for Food and Water Security, Pages 1-22

Smith, J., Pearce, B.D. and Wolfe, M.S. (2012). Reconciling productivity with protection of the environment: Is temperate agroforestry the answer? Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. doi:10.1017/S1742170511000585

Smith, J., Pearce, B.D. and Wolfe, M.S. 2012. A European perspective for developing modern multifunctional agroforestry systems for sustainable intensification. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. doi:10.1017/S1742170511000597

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