Plant organic farming research – current status and opportunities for future development

Tsvektov, Ivan (AgroBioInstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria) ; Atanassov, Atanas (AgroBioInstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria) ; Vlahova, Mariana (Joint Genomic Center, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Sofia, Bulgaria) ; Carlier, Lucien (Plant Sciences Department, Institute for Agrocultural and Fisheries Rsearch, Merelbeke, Belgium) ; Christov, Nikolai (AgroBioInstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria) ; Lefort, François (School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape (hepia), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Rusanov, Krasimir (AgroBioInstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria) ; Badjakov, Ilian (AgroBioInstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria) ; Dincheva, Ivayla (AgroBioInstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria) ; Tchamitchian, Mark (INRA French National Institute for Agricultural Research, Avignon, France) ; Rakleova, Goritsa (Joint Genomic Center, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Sofia, Bulgaria) ; Georgieva, Liliya (AgroBioInstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria) ; Tamm, Lucius (FiBLForschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, Frick, Switzerland) ; Iantcheva, Anelia (AgroBioInstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria) ; Herfoth-Rahmé, Joelle (FiBLForschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, Frick, Switzerland) ; Paplomatas, Epaminondas (Faculty of Crop Sciences, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens Greece) ; Atanassov, Ivan (AgroBioInstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria)

This paper reviews the recent development of the scientific, legislative, economic and environmental aspects of plant organic farming. The impact of organic farming on biodiversity and soil fertility is discussed in comparison with conventional systems. A significant barrier for wide application and future development of organic farming is the existing diversity of national and international policy instruments in this sector. Special attention is paid to up-to-date research techniques that could help solve a number of the problems typically faced in plant organic farming. It is argued that organic farming is still not productive enough to be considered fully sustainable. This underlines the necessity of strong support for more effective implementation of scientific research innovations and improvement of the networking between all stakeholders – organic producers, scientists and corresponding policy makers at the national and international level.

Type d'article:
Ingénierie et Architecture
HEPIA - Haute école du paysage, d'ingénierie et d'architecture de Genève
inTNE - institut Terre-Nature-Environnement
Titre du document hôte:
Agriculture and environmental biotechnology
Numérotation (vol. no.):
2018, 32, 1
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