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Between the 31st of May and 2nd of June, 2016 the international conference of CASLU – Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Land Use – took place in Budapest, in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences jointly organized by the Geographical Institute, Research Centre of Astronomy and Earth Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Hungarian Geographical Society and the Szent István University. The website of the conference can be reached here.

On the conferenc the latest research results of the soil-saving land use practices especially the mulch-based crop production without deep tillage were introduced. Within this, in a separate session the international research results of the organic farming were discussed. This topic’s actuality and importance is showed by participants coming to the event from all continents (from 39 countries) of the world.

The staff of the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) attended the scientific presentation and poster sessions. We presented our species-rich interrowsproject (Dr. Ádám Donkó) and the soil-saving, compost-based organic vegetable growing experiment through the ÖMKi’s doctoral scholarship programme (Zoltán Dezsény). Both issues generated cheerful exchange of views and were recognized by not only the audience but also the management of the European Conservation Agriculture Federation.

Furthermore, in professional posters we reported for the participants about our research programme for varroa control in Hungarian organic beekeeping and the local developments of the methods (Tamás Csáki), the results of our organic potato species experiments (Orsolya Papp) and about the remote sensing-based arable nitrogen-coverage studies first data (Dr. Dóra Drexler). ÖMKi’s posters and presentation-extracts are available here:

On the second day of the conference a study-tour to the erosion plots – which is operating within the SOWAP (Soil and Water Protection) project – was held in Szentgyörgyvár where the participants could see – thanks to the organizers – the favourable effects of the environmental-friendly soil-tillage under field conditions.