An online toolbox for cover crops and living mulches

Mary Crossland, Nick Fradgley, Henry E. Creissen, Sally Howlett, Peter Baresel, Maria Finckh, Robbie Girling

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Cover crops and living mulches form an integral component of conservation agriculture promoting soil health and minimising external inputs. The OSCAR Project (Optimising Subsidiary Crop Applications in Rotation) aims to improve practices of conservation agriculture in farming systems across Europe. The principal output of the project is to develop a toolbox to make technical and scientific information publically available to farmers, researchers, and other stakeholders. The continually evolving toolbox is currently available online at and will consist of three facets (1) An interactive user-fed wiki providing information on subsidiary crops species and machinery use with links to published literature; (2) A searchable database on subsidiary crops and technology. This will detail climatic and soil specific plant traits and will form a decision support tool to aid choices of subsidiary crops; (3) A discussion forum will also facilitate the exchange of information between farmers, researchers and stakeholders on conservation agricultural systems across European countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGetting the Most Out of Cover Crops
PublisherAssociation of Applied Biologists
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameAspects of Applied Biology
PublisherAssociation of Applied Biologists


  • cover crops
  • conservation agriculture


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