Research & Network


As a system approach to sustainable agriculture, organic farming aims to effectively manage ecological processes whilst lowering dependence on external inputs. The “Replacement of Contentious Inputs in Organic Farming Systems” (RELACS) project aims to foster the development of cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies and facilitate their adoption, and to phase out the dependency on and use of inputs considered contentious in organic farming systems.

The 29 RELACS project partners evaluate highly advanced and novel solutions to further reduce the use of external inputs and, if needed, develop and adopt cost-efficient and environmentally safe tools and technologies to:

  • Reduce the use of copper and mineral oil in plant protection
  • Identify sustainable sources for plant nutrition, and
  • Provide solutions to support livestock health and welfare.

Naturland participates in all the above-mentioned priority areas by analysing the status quo and conducting field trials. In addition, Naturland actively disseminates results and newly acquired knowledge through events and training courses.

Duration: 01/05/2018 to 30/04/2022

European Union

This 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.