Naturland Association for Organic Agriculture


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The project ECOBREED will improve the availability of seed and varieties suitable for organic and low- input production. Activities will focus on four crop species, selected for their potential contribution to increase competitiveness of the organic sector, i.e. common wheat, potato, soybean and common buckwheat. The project will develop:

• methods, strategies and infrastructures for organic breeding
• varieties with improved stress resistance, resource use efficiency and quality
• improved methods for the production of high quality organic seed.

The project focuses on four cultural species, which play an important role in organic agriculture: Wheat (soft and durum wheat), potatoes, soya beans and buckwheat.
During the project, genetic material suitable for organic farming will be identified and propagated. This material will then be subjected to a detailed phenotypic analysis to identify combinations of traits suited to organic and low-input production environment including high nutrient use efficiency and weed competitiveness/allelopathy. This will lead to the development of improved organic strains in terms of nutritional quality, agronomy and stress tolerance.

It is of great importance in the project that the developed varieties also show the expected performance in practice and meet high quality standards. Therefore a participative plant breeding takes place in the project, which includes experience and knowledge of the organic farmers. Naturland contributes also with its many years of experience in this field. From spring 2020, Naturland will conduct field trials for 8 - 12 soya lines. In addition, all crops, including populations, will be cultivated on a further 3 farms.


Duration: from 01.05.2018 to 30.04.2023

Naturland-Coordination: Werner Vogt-Kaute,
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flag yellow highThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 771367. This document reflects the views of the author(s) and does not necessarily reflect the views or policy of the European Commission. Whilst efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of this document, the European Commission shall not be liable for any errors or omissions, however caused.