A new open access paper on our work on organic wheat variety trialling, arising out of the LIVESEED project, has been published in Agronomy for Sustainable Development.
Costanzo A, Amos D, Bickler C, Trump A (2021) Agronomic and genetic assessment of organic wheat performance in England: a field-scale cultivar evaluation with a network of farms. Agron. Sustain. Dev. 41, 54 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13593-021-00706-y
With a network of organic farmers we undertook a field-scale evaluation of 11 cultivars, integrated with an agronomic survey to raise evidence on organic wheat performance in real-farm, field-scale conditions. Besides climatic variation, crop-weed interactions appeared as the main driver of crop performance, with significant differences in cultivar weed suppressive abilities and in the effectiveness of post-emergence weed management strategies. To foster agroecological transition crop-weed relations, weed management strategies, and their effects on nutrient use efficiency should be addressed in wheat breeding and cultivar testing.
This work is being continued in the Livewheat project.
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