LIVESEED partners produced a series of practical videos throughout the summer.
Common bunt management
RSR and ÖMKi interviewed Common bunt (Tilletia caries) expert Anders Borgen from Agrologica (DK) on how to control Common bunt in organic, including how to spot the infection, how to control primary infection and seed infection, and how to combine varieties with resistance to Common bunt. Furthermore, he also talks about seed cleaning methods and seed treatments (vinegar, mustard, milk powder, energy treatments, etc.) allowed in organic. A practical demonstration video on brush cleaning and vinegar treatment that farmers can apply in their own field has been produced too. On top of this, during the cross-visit that took place in Italy in summer 2019, RSR also prepared an introductory video interview with Anders about the issues around Common bunt.
Cooperation on ancient cereal landraces
ÖMKi produced a video about a cooperation based on einkorn and emmer landraces in Hungary involving researchers, farmers, bakers, millers and organic producers. The stakeholders discussed the potentials lying in products from these landraces and how to market these products in the competitive market. Emmer and einkorn landraces, seeds provided by gene banks, were tested against modern registered varieties in terms of their suitability (production, yield stability, weed competitiveness, resistance) for low input, organic conditions. The testing was successful and will now be continued under on farm conditions in selected farms across the country, thus involving farmers in participatory breeding of these fundamentally heterogeneous populations for further selection.
Tomato tasting & seed saving
SEAE and UPV shot tomato seed related videos. Dr. Adrian Rodriguez Burruezo demonstrates and explains how to clean tomato seeds for storage. From their LIVESEED tomato trials, they organised a panel testing exercise for 25-30 varieties in Valencia, mostly involving traditional local varieties from several Spanish regions. The video explains how they set up the panel tasting with consumers as part of a participatory breeding program and carried out jointly an organoleptic evaluation of each variety. Templates with evaluation parameters (aroma, appearance, taste, texture, etc.) are available for download in the description of the video on the dedicated page of our website, under the headline “LIVESEED tomato trials”.
Organic pumpkin seed management
During the Dutch Cross Visit, a practical demonstration video on pumpkin seed management was produced at Vitalis Seeds.