Strip-cropping and recycling of waste for biodiverse and resource-efficient intensive vegetable production: on July 5th 2018, during the Info Day at CREA-OF of Monsampolo del Tronto, the Italian SUREVEG field trial was presented
Financial support for this project is provided by funding bodies within the H2020 ERA-net, CORE Organic Cofund, and with cofunds from the European Commission
On July 5th 18, at the Council for agricultural research and economics – Center for horticultural and fruit crops (CREA–OF) in Monsampolo del Tronto (AP, Italy) an Info Day “Development in organic production: the research meet the organic operators”, coordinated by Dr. Gabriele Campanelli was organized, with the aim to promote a more and more strict interaction among researchers and stakeholders of the organic sector. A number of research projects were presented, realized by several research Institutes and Centres, international network, national and European organic associations to overcome the challenges imposed by the climatic change and new standards for environmental and human health.
Amomg the others, together with LIVESEED, INNOVABIO, DIVERIMPACTS, BRESOV, the SUREVEG project “Strip-cropping and recycling of waste for biodiverse and resource-efficient intensive vegetable production” was described to the audience: the main SUREVEG objective is to develop and implement organic vegetable strip-cropping systems, applying fertilizers and soil improvers of plant origin for increasing the resilience of the agroecosystem, the nutrient recycle, the rhizosphere interactions and the landscape biodiversity.
Within the long-term experiment MO.VE.LTE., the SUREVEG field trial was shown (poster). Two factors will be evaluated: i) the strip-cropping (faba bean - tomato), compared to both the monocrops ii) the fertilization by compost of plant origin, compared to the dried animal manure, usually applied in Italy. The legume flattening under the tomato strips was performed as valuable choice to support nitrogen supply to the cash crops.
As expected from SUREVEG participatory approach, during the Info Day many organic farmers, organic associations representative, fertilizers producers and researchers discussed a lot in field, bringing an active contribution based on their personal experience and taking information on potential advantages and disadvantages of proposed agronomic practices.
July 30th 2018; Authors: Alessandra Trinchera and Gabriele Campanelli