18 July 2018
Agricology Field day

Join Agricology and the RAU in the field at Harnhill Innovation Fm, Cirencester

18 July 2018
Potato event - West Wales

Controlling potato blight field lab & opportunities for commercial seed potato growers



16 July 2018
Ticking the anti-globalisation box

Motives for buying local, organic food through English box schemes

11 July 2018
The Summer Bulletin No.125 is out!

Bulletin 124 now available



18 June 2018
Government support needed for agroforestry

Parliamentary wake up call for putting trees at the heart of agriculture

Impacts of organic silvoarable systems on pest and disease distribution – Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Berkshire

Contract period:

1 March 2010 to 28 August 2010

Main funder:

University of Reading/ORC

Contact staff at ORC:

Dr. Jo Smith

Project aims

Tom Pinkham, an MSc student from University of Reading, worked with us on his research thesis to investigate the influence of tree rows on an ecosystem service - pest and disease control. He measured the influence of tree/hedgerow strips on microclimate and soil characteristics at various distances from the tree rows into the middle of the crop alleys, and in a neighbouring open field. Assessments of major pests and/or diseases, and crop assessments, were carried out in the crop alleys and compared with levels in monocropped fields. Analyses identified higher air temperatures, moister soils, and lower wind speeds when compared to control system. Weed cover was 7% higher in the agroforestry system, and aphids and Ramularia were also higher in the agroforestry crop. However, there was no significant difference in crop damage levels between the agroforestry system and control field.

ORC's role

Supervisory