Research

This page is devoted to biodynamic research work.

Lists of Biodynamic Research

www.biodynamic-research.net 
A useful searchable database of biodynamic research listed in categories. Free access. Organised through IBDF – Biodynamic Research Institute (DE)

www.orgprints.org
A freely accessible database on organic research and  includes 122 papers on biodynamic research worldwide. It has been developed by ICROFS (International Centre for Research into Organic Food Systems).

www.considera.org
An extensive list of research, papers and book resources covering biodynamic preparations, rhythm research and homeopathy. It has been developed by Mark Moodie as a resource website for exploring all aspects of biodynamic and other related subjects.


Active Centres of Biodynamic Research

Biodynamic Research Association (DK)
Contact: Jens-Otto Andersen Ph.D. E-mail: mail@biodynamisk-forskning.dk Landsbüvänget 27, Herskind , DK-8464 Galten, Denmark Tel. 0045-8695-4820
   
Current Projects
1.    Optimization of the crystallization procedure.
2007-2009. The project is aimed at optimising the primary crystallization factors influencing the morphological properties of the pictures. Takes place within the context of the Triangle-project, in cooperation with University of Kassel (coordinator) and Louis Bolk Institute. Based on fundings from European foundations.
2.    Development of a biocrystallization method for examining effects of homeopathic metal potencies on germinating seeds.
2006-2008. The project is aimed at developing a test method applicable for homeopathic research. Takes place within the overall context of the Triangle-project, in cooperation with Louis Bolk Institute, Hiscia Institute and University of Kassel. Based on fundings from European foundations.
3.    Production of organic cheese on the basis of milk from hay-fed herds.
2007-2009. The project is coordinated by the Danish organic dairy Naturmälk, aimed at producing high-quality cheeses on the basis of raw milk from hay-fed herds. The role of BRAD is to contribute with complementary tools for optimising and monitoring the quality of the milk from the suppliers of the dairy. Based on fundings from a product innovation program under the Danish Food Ministry
FiBl - Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (CH)
Contact: Gabriela Wyss E-mail: gabriela.wyss@fibl.org Internet: www.fibl.org
Ackerstrasse,  Postfach,  CH-5070 Frick, Switzerland  Tel.0041 62 865 7272

Current Biodynamic Projects
1.    Quality assessments in wheat and potatoes grown in long term organically and conventionally managed field plots (Dynamic, Organic, Conventional).
1978-ongoing. Use of analytical and holistic approaches. FiBL in collaboration with University of Kassel-Witzenhausen, FAL, Trenthorst and Louis Bolk Institute
2.    BAT. Herd supervision and non-antibiotic animal health management.
2000-ongoing. Development of preventive veterinary medicine combined with homoepathy and other non-antibiotic measures in co-operation with the farm veterinarians to improve animal health (udder health) and milk quality. FiBL in collaboration with Swiss milk producers, Demeter, BIO SUISSE and Federal Veterinary Office.
3.    Comparison between hybrid and open pollinating varieties of carrots in terms of sensory quality and various other quality aspects.
2002-2004. FiBL in collaboration with Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft.
4.    Interaction of constitution and health of cows with milk quality using picture-developing techniques.
5.    Quality assessments in tomatoes and carrots.
1999-2003. Studying the influence of agronomic production factors on sensory aspects and primary secondary metabolites. FiBL in collaboration with trade.
6. DOK Trials                                                                                                     Continuing long term comparisons between organic, biodynamic and conventional growing systems.

IBDF - Institute for Biodynamic Research (DE)
Brandschneise 5, D-64295 Darmstadt, Germany  Email: info@ibdf.de
Tel. 0049 6155 84210

Current Projects:
1.    Long term Comparative Fertilisation Trial – Joachim Raupp 
Running since 1980 and investigating the different long-term effects of using manure and compost treated with the preparations. Assessments are  made on nutrients, micro-organisms, growth quality etc.
2.    Organic Plant Breeding  - Hartmut Spiess
Evaluation of seed varieties with regard to loose smut (Ustilago nuda) and covered smut (Ustilago hordei) for the development of a strategy for the regulation of seed transmitted diseases of winter barley seed under organic farming conditions. In cooperation with Dr. Karl-Josef Müller 
3.    Optimisation of Biodynamic Preparations – Uli Johannes König
Investigating the most beneficial and practical ways of producing and applying high quality biodynamic preparations - comparing different stirring methods
4.    Food quality testing – Uwe Geier
using picture building and analytical testing methods.

Louis Bolk Institute (NL)
Contact person: Machteld Huber, M.D. E-mail: M.Huber@louisbolk.nl
Hoofdstraat 24, NL-3972 LA Driebergen, The Netherlands Tel. 0031-343-523860
Current Biodynamic Projects:
1.    Programme to develop the food quality concept of "Vital Quality" and a "Vital Quality Index", compatible with organic principles and compatible with human health benefit.
2000-2005. Based on longterm research in organic agriculture at the Louis Bolk Instituut (LBI), a quality concept is developed, based on the life processes growth and differentiation, and the integration of these. This concept is on the one hand recognisable and manageable for farmers and on the other hand relates to basic processes in human physiology. The hypothesis is that well integrated products benefit human health. Parameters need to be developed and the hypothesis needs to be tested.
2.    Parameters for Apple Quality 1 & 2, Parameters for Carrot Quality 1&2
2000-2004. Research on controlled crops of apples and carrots. To develop parameters for the Vital Quality concept and gain reference material of extreme growth- and differentiation-examples and of the integration of these. Performed are conventional analyses, sensory evaluation, biocrystallization, biophotones, electrochemical methods. Cooperation of LBI with BRAD, Kwalis, Heilmann, a.o.
3.    Validation of the biocrystallization method.
2002-2004. The so-called Triangle project, in a cooperation with University of Kassel (coordinator) and BRAD. The project is aimed at introducing an ISO- certified methodology including crystallization chamber, lab procedures, visual evaluation and image analysis procedures for quantification of the pictures.
Univ. of Kassel (Org. Ag.), Biodynamic Agriculture (DE)        Contact person: Mr. Daniel Kusche MSc.  E-mail: daniel.kusche@uni-kassel.de
Nordbahnhofstrasse 1a, D-37213 Witzenhausen Germany Tel. 0049-55421622
Current Biodynamic Projects:
      1.  Biodynamic and organic milk quality:  How does one distinguish between milks of different production origins (organic, biodynamic and conventional) and which influence does this have on the preservation of the health of the consumer?                                                                                                                                                                                        
2.    Biodynamic Preparations – application of Valerian To determine the effects of both diluted and potentised valerian extract on the growth of various domesticated plants. The experiments are interesting for both the agricultural practice of combating leaf lice as well as being a fundamental analysis of the effectivity of high dilutions and potencies.

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (US)  
Contact person: Walter Goldstein  mfaiadmin@michaelfieldsaginst.org                                                                                    W2493 Country Road ES, PO Box 990, East Troy WI 53120 Tel. 001 262 6423303
Current Projects:
      1.  Organic Corn Breeding for Food and Farm                                        Corn is the highest yielding, best-adapted cereal crop in the Midwest.     Hitherto, corn has been bred by     both private breeders and by the USDA     team to be a high-yielding     commodity for high-input agriculture. Our     project, which involves USDA-ARS, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Michael     Fields Agricultural Institute, farmers, and seed companies, is taking a     breeding approach that is new. We are working to breed and develop     varieties and hybrids that increase the nutritional value of corn while     increasing its suitability to sustainable farming systems.
     2.   Healthy Soil and Healthy Roots:                                                           Sustainable farming means better management of soil organic matter and     organic manures as the primary source of nitrogen for our crops. Our     research helps us to better understand the linkages between the use of     crop rotations and manure, and the health of roots and yields and nitrogen     needs of corn.

Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics (US)
PO Box 133, Woolvine VA 24185-0133 Email: info@jpibiodynamics.org
Current Projects:                                                                                                                               1.Manure management:  A focus on dairy manure management using the Pfeiffer BD Compost  Starter.
    2.  Comparative Trial: Comparison of farm soils and products on three adjascent farms, one     conventional, one organic and one biodynamic farm in Fresno, California.

Specific Research Areas