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DARCOFenews was issued as an electronic email-newsletter until June 2008. The newsletter brought articles on current Danish research in organic food and farming with a frequency based on progress in the DARCOF research projects. Articles in previous newsletters are accessible in the archive below. Subscription is no longer possible.

January 2008

December 2006

November 2006



During 2003 to 2006 DARCOFenews was issued as a web-based newsletter with 3-4 issues annually. These issues are accessible below.


March 2006

  • Join the Organic Congress on 30.-31. of May 2006
  • Topic 1: Towards a sustainable Europe
  • Topic 2: Improving quality of crops, soil and environment
  • Topic 3: Animal husbandry - health, welfare and food quality
  • Topic 4: Consuming organics
  • Founding of a European Consortium for Organic Animal Breeding (Eco-AB)
  • Satellite meetings and symposia at the organic congress 2006
  • Globalisation as a challenge or opportunity for organic farming

September 2005

  • Chicory root improves the taste and odour of organic pork
  • Differences in trace element content between organic and conventional milk
  • Growing bargain power of supermarkets presses organic vegetable producers
  • Increased yield and yield stability in variety mixtures of spring barley
  • Low nitrogen manuring increased yield in high-density organic apple production
  • Grass cover retained by nose-ringing of outdoor sows only partially reduces the risk of N leaching
  • Significance of seed-borne Ascochyta on pea and test of management strategies

June 2005
  • Increased phytoestrogen content in organic milk and the biological importance
  • Catch crops have little effect on P and K availability of depleted soils
  • Outdoor production of slaughterpigs requires an optimized management to mitigate nitrogen pollution
  • Soil aggregation - a matter of proper management
  • New organic growing system reduces losses of nutrients
  • Do organic farmers produce good nature quality
March 2005
  • Organic diet enhanced the health of rats
  • Low temperature handling will delay but not hinder ochratoxin A formation in wet grain
  • Ridge planting of maize shows promising yield increase
  • Three new systems for recycling of urban organic waste to agriculture
  • Subsoil loosening eliminated plough pan but had variable effect on crop yield
  • High damage potential of seed-borne spot blotch in organically grown spring barley in Denmark
  • Intercropping pea with barley reduces Ascochyta blight on pea
  • High yield and low N leaching with barley as a green crop for silage after grass-clover
  • Leaching of organic N and C after cultivating grass-clover pastures
December 2004
  • Feeding with lupines reduces the amount of skatole in organic pigs
  • Landscape and nature quality in the development and profiling of organic farming
  • Nitrogen and weeds determine crop yields in arable organic crop rotations
  • Spread of salmonella bacteria in organic pigs
  • Common Couch-grass control with less tillage
  • Simulating crop production and nitrate leaching losses from organic arable crop production
  • Grazing and nitrogen fertilisation increases nitrous oxide emissions from grasslands
  • Molecular diagnostic methods can prevent unnecessary rejection of organic seed lots
  • Crop rotation limits Canada thistle, but not Couch-grass or annual weeds
September 2004
  • Higher antioxidant content in organic milk than in conventional milk
  • Low nitrate leaching from long-term grass-clover
  • Lupine grows well where pea is destroyed by soil borne diseases
  • Nitrate leaching in organic arable crop rotations
  • Band steaming reduces laborious hand weeding in vegetables
  • Soil organic carbon as an indicator of soil quality
  • Contamination of oilseed rape varieties by pollen and seeds
  • Broilers reduce the apple sawfly population in organic apple growing
  • Threshold levels for seed borne diseases in organic cereals
  • New fungicides for apple scab control in organic growing
  • Major congress on Organic Farming, Food Quality and Human Health

June 2004
  • Composting rapidly degrades DNA from genetically modified plants
  • Susceptibility of spelt to Ochratoxin A producing fungi
  • Orchard testing of new, alternative fungicides against apple scab
  • Spatial variation in the localization of Danish organic farms
  • Inter-row subsoiling increases marketable yield in potatoes
  • Impact of new technologies and changes in legislation on the income in organic farming
  • Control of apple scab by use of the plants own defence mechanisms
  • Revision of organic rules in EU

April 2004

  • Efficient use of grassland nitrogen
  • Crop cover improves the N status in vegetable crop rotations
  • Soil treatments and rootstocks for organic apple production
  • New methods for mapping of urine patches in pastures
  • Critical evaluation of the Kemink Exact Soil Management System and its components
  • Emission of nitrous oxide from grass-clover swards is largely unaffected by recently fixed N2
December 2003
  • New strategy for Danish research in organic farming
  • Quality of organic wheat from different cropping systems
  • Non-poisonous means for reducing rodent pest problems
  • Lower nitrogen supply resulted in a better fruit quality
  • Soil quality and the development of organic farming

September 2003

  • Coexisting with genetically modified oilseed rape
  • Soil management and predator activity
  • Compacted subsoils in organic farming
  • Effects of plant residues on microbial activity
  • The turnover of soil organic matter on different farm types
June 2003
  • Consumer demand for organic foods
  • Non-medical control of parasitic worms in pigs
  • New growing system for organic tomatoes
  • Improper handling of grain may result in OTA
  • Experimental units for organic farming research

March 2003

  • Consequences of GMO
  • Recycling the organic way
  • Energy - reduction and production
  • Workshop on research in organic pig production