Track chairs: Massimo Fagnano, Nunzio Fiorentino
Since its origins organic farming has been inspired by the concept of sustainability and environmental protection. The intrinsic potential of organic farming in terms of contribution for an intensification of environmental protection should be critically examined and evaluated on a scientific and evidence basis. Organic farming plays a crucial role across all the differentiated range of the ecosystem services, but still emerges a need for scientific measurement of this contribution.
The relation between organic practices such as crop rotation, soil management and biodiversity and microbiome restoration and protection on one side, and the resilience of ecosystems and territory on the other side is a promising and challenging research field.
We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions from researchers and practitioners on themes related to this specific track. All contribution should provide results relevant for the development of the organic sector. Themes related to this track include, but are not limited to:
- Potential of organic farming for soil and water resilience
- Organic fertilizers for soil quality management
- Crop rotation as a system approach for soil fertility management in organic farming
- No-till and conservation tillage in organic farming
- Biodiversity for Sustainability of cropping systems
- Functional biodiversity to support production-related ecosystem services
- Enhanced composting for organic systems