Acronym : BioGreenhouse
Contract Period : 19/04/2012 - 18/04/2016
Project Webpage : http://www.biogreenhouse.org/
Main Funder : COST
ORC Staff Contact : Anja Vieweger
To improve and disseminate knowledge for new and better production strategies, methods and technologies to support sustainable and productive organic greenhouse/protected horticulture in the EU
Organic greenhouse horticulture (OGH)(i.e the production in greenhouses or polytunnels) in the EU should improve its sustainability, production and productivity. Emissions of nutrients and its footprint should be reduced. Production and productivity are too low to meet the demand of the society. The scientific challenges are to design sustainable irrigation and fertilization strategies, to reveal the mechanisms of resilience, robustness and suppressiveness for the management of pests and diseases, to integrate crop management, energy saving, renewable energy sources and new techniques and combinations with other activities and business to realize climate neutral production. This COST Action coordinates, strengthens and focuses the activities of the partners. It improves the communication, offers a common agenda, more and better knowledge for less money, sharing new techniques, an improved dissemination to OGH, basis for further collaboration in joint research proposals and support in the development of EU standards for OGH.
The main objective of the Action is to improve and disseminate knowledge for new and better production strategies, methods and technologies to support sustainable and productive organic greenhouse/protected horticulture in the EU.
WG1: Robust Planting Material
WG2: Soil fertility, Suppressiveness and Water management
WG3: Crop Health
WG4: Energy saving and Climate neutral production
WG5: Sustainability and Standards
This Action aims to establish and extend a network among European and other scientists, experts and advisors to design and develop new knowledge and strategies for OGH. Wherever feasible the Action will focus on the specific aspects of OGH and on the main crops in OGH; these include fruit vegetables, tomatoes being the most important, and leafy vegetables such as salads.
Please see the list of publications on The BioGreenhouse publications page
Read article in ORC Bulletin 120 Spring/Summer 2016 Sustainability and productivity of organic protected cropping systems