Acronym : OSCAR
Contract Period : 01/04/2012 - 31/03/2016
Main Funder : EU FP7
ORC Staff Contact : Bruce Pearce
OSCAR studies key factors influencing the success of cover cropping, incl. cultivation methods, machinery and suitable plant genotypes. It develops targeted systems for varied conditions in Europe and assesses them in organic and conventional agriculture.
The project aims to develop improved conservation tillage systems, based on subsidiary crops (also known as cover crops) , used both as living and dead mulch, that
ORC will lead the dissemination activities in OSCAR and will develop a toolbox for using cover crops and living mulches. See www.covercrops.eu. The core of the experimental programme in OSCAR is a set of coordinated field trials in 12 different environments, ranging from boreal climates in North Europe to Mediterranean and tropical subhumid climates. ORC will host one of these trials.
OSCAR, 2016. Optimising Subsidiary Crop Applications in Rotations, Final report. 39. pp. Available at: http://cordis.europa.eu/docs/results/289/289277/final1-final-report-complete.pdf
Reimer M, Ringselle B, Bergkvist G, Westaway S, Wittwer R, Baresel JP, van der Heijden MGA, Mangerud K, Finckh MR, Brandsæter LO (2019). Interactive Effects of Subsidiary Crops and Weed Pressure in the Transition Period to Non-Inversion Tillage, A Case Study of Six Sites Across Northern and Central Europe. Agronomy. 2019; 9(9):495.
Baresel P, Döring TF, Finckh MR. 2012. OSCAR – a new European project on cover crops. 12th Congress of the European Society for Agronomy Helsinki, Finland, 20-24 August 2012 (abstract, accepted).
Read article in ORC Bulletin 120 Spring/Summer 2016 Developing new cropping systems based around cover crops, catch crops and living mulches for use in low-tillage agriculture
OSCAR project leaflet. Download here (566kb pdf file)
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