FA1105 BioGreenhouse (2012-04-19 – 2016-04-18) Towards a sustainable and productive EU organic greenhouse horticulture: Final achievement report

R.J.M. Meijer

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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 coordinated, strengthened and focused the activities of the partners. It improved the communication, offered 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 COST Action FA1105 Biogreenhouse “Towards a sustainable and productive EU organic greenhouse horticulture” 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.
Within the framework of this Action a network of institutions and experts from 27 COST Countries together with experts from Canada, Jordan and Egypt were realising 20 scientific reviews and publications about major issues in Organic Greenhouse Horticulture (OGH), and were publishing in total 6 books and
booklets, 17 factsheets and gave in 12 workshops in the Technical program presentations at the final conference from 11-14th April 2016 in Izmir(TR), covering the following subjects of the organic production and experimentation of protected crops: nursery management, soil fertility, compost, water management, pest management, sensible use of energy, marketing and food safety and in addition to this guidelines for experimentation in organic horticulture and tools for assessing sustainabilily Applied science, education and the sector of OGH have now access to the latest knowledge.
More than 70 young researchers used the opportunity to grow in knowledge and ability with respect to OGH by doing a Short Term Scientific Mission or following one of the four training Schools.
Members of the Action were invited to advise the EU with respect to the development of EU standards for Organic Greenhouse Production (EGTOP).
At several occasions, Brussels 2013 and 2014, Milan 2015 and the Final Conference in Izmir in 2016 the Action contributed to the agenda setting for innovation in organic protected cropping.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrussels
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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