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Organic Science Cluster II

The Organic Science Cluster II is an industry-supported research and development endeavor initiated by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada at Dalhousie University in collaboration with the Organic Federation of Canada. 

Its outcomes are centered on competitiveness, market growth, adaptability and sustainability. This will be accomplished through science and innovation in the following Themes:


A. Field crops: Optimizing productivity and competitiveness through adaptable systems for field crops


B. Horticultural crops: Advancing the science of vegetable, fruit and novel horticultural crops


C. Crop pests: Innovation in sustainable pest management strategies


D. Livestock: Optimizing animal health and welfare for productivity and quality


E. Value Adding: Adding value to capture markets through innovative processing solutions

 

Innovation is needed for the organic sector to be competitive and to grow and prosper. Innovation in OSCII will address barriers constraining production, increase efficiency of production by reducing cost, and facilitate the capturing of new opportunities.

Examples of innovation in OSCII include:

  • crop breeding for improved cultivars,
  • reduced tillage systems under organic management,
  • use of biological soil amendments to improve plant health,
  • development of new management products and practices for crop pests (insects, diseases and weeds) in field and storage as well as diseases and parasites of livestock,
  • technological advances in greenhouse and high tunnel production,
  • optimization of the nutritional value of crops,
  • advanced processing techniques to develop value-added products,
  • improved methods of meat preservation,
  • and the use of waste byproducts to enhance productivity.

OSCII will also help producers capture opportunities by supporting the development of emerging and juvenile organic production in Canada responding to market demand including: hops, nutraceuticals, sprouts, ornamental potted plants, and poultry.

For more information, please contact Nicole Boudreau, info@organicfederation.ca  for the Organic Federation of Canada or Dr. Andrew Hammermeister, andrew.hammermeister@dal.cafor OACC, Dalhousie University.

 

 

 

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