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Funding: Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, European Union

Coordinator: IFOAM-EU, Belgium

Time period: June 2017 - June 2021

Consortium partners: A LIVESEED project brings together altogether 49 partners form 18 European countries. 

The aim of this four-year EU research project is to enhance organic seed use and plant breeding, thus increasing the performance and sustainability of organic farming.

Seeds are the basis of farming, so organic farming should also start from seeds produced in an organic way. Although the EU regulations set the use of certified organic seeds as a mandatory requirement, in some countries and to a varying extents, untreated seeds produced in conventional agriculture are being used for organic farming.

This research includes pulses, vegetables, fruit-bearing trees, cereals and feed crops, and considers agricultural systems used across Europe.

The goals of Liveseed are:

  • To promote harmonized implementation of EU regulations on organic seed production and to develop databases of organic seeds through Europe.

  • To study the societal and economical aspects of the production and use of organic seeds, and to improve the availability and quality of organic seeds.

  • To elaborate general principles for the certification and registration of varieties used in organic farming.

  • To develop innovative breeding methods to help increase the selection of varieties suitable for organic farming

Besides numerous research activities, ÖMKi is responsible for the successful implementation of the communication and dissemination strategy of the project. With the further development of our on-farm network, we fulfill our responsibility to develop new experimental methods and models for variety testing that support the production of high-quality organic seeds. We also play a role in ensuring the health of organic seeds through effective methods to prevent and control common bunt (Tilletia caries), which is one of the most serious fungal diseases affecting organic cereal production.

LIVESEED is a EU Horizon 2020-funded project that runs from 2017 to 2021. LIVESEED aims to improve transparency and competitiveness of the organic seed and breeding sector, encouraging greater use of organic seed. Cultivars adapted to organic systems are key for realising the full potential of organic agriculture in Europe. @LIVESEEDeu

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