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Research in Organics

Teagasc has carried out extensive research into various aspects of Irish organic production since 1993. Some of the research papers produced are included below, along with links to journal articles detailing research relevant to various facets of organic production.

Soil and Fertility Management in Organic Production

Organic Grassland Management

Organic Crop Production

Organic Horticulture

Organic Beef Production

Organic Sheep and Goat Production

Organic Dairy Production

Organic Policy, Economics and Markets

Further Organic Research Resources

  • Organic Eprints is an international open access archive for papers and projects related to research in organic food and farming.
  • SOLID is a European project on Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying financed by the European Union. The project runs from 2011-2016. The project aims to improve the technical performance and economic competitiveness of organic and low input dairy systems in Europe, while maximising their potential to deliver environmental goods and enhance biodiversity.
  • FiBL is an independent, non-profit, research institute with the aim of advancing cutting-edge science in the field of organic agriculture.
  • CORE Organic is the acronym for "Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems".
  • The International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS) was established by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries in June 2008 for the provision of high quality research results that may contribute to the promotion of organic farming and food systems.

Recommended Book Chapters

  • Läpple, D. and Donnellan, T. (2012). The Irish organic sector: farmer attitudes, reasons and ability to convert to organic farming. In A. Kinsella, C. O’Donoghue, and F. Thorne, Eds. Current Economic Issues in Irish Agriculture. Oak Tree Press. In press.
  • Reilly, K. Chapter twelve: Interaction of rhizobia with soil suppressiveness factors. In M.K. Meghvansi and A. Varma, Eds. Organic Amendments and Soil Suppressiveness. Springer Soil Biology series. Springer Publishing. In press.
  • Reilly, K. (2013). Chapter nine: On-farm and fresh produce management. In: B.K. Tiwari, N. Brunton, and C. Brennan, Eds. Handbook of plant food phytochemicals: sources stability and extraction, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Co. (ISBN: 9781444338102). pp. 201-235