Research Unit Organic Agriculture
«Our teaching and research is shaped by our approach to organic agriculture, which involves constantly questioning and improving on established practices. Our aim is to gain a better understanding of natural processes and to put this knowledge to use in order to achieve sustainable agricultural systems.»
Our researchers working in the field of organic agriculture develop methods which can be used to improve plant health, based on improved soil fertility and the identification and promotion of natural pest control agents. Molecular biological techniques provide rapid and cost-effective ways of detecting plant hazards at an early stage. We also cultivate around 1000 old or particularly valuable fruit, vine and vegetable species and varieties with a view to preserving agri-biodiversity.