During 2016, an internal field day for the University of Kassel took place on the 21 of June, where the INSUSFAR project was presented to all interested departments and field trials could be viewed.

On the 28 and 29 of June 2016, the Workgroup Agroecology of the German Gesellschaft für Pflanzenbauwissenschaften visited the INSUSFAR field experiments at the TUM experimental stations Viehhausen and Roggenstein.

A presentation on the history of the CCPs at the University of Kassel and the potential of novel breeding approaches to enhance biodiversity in agriculture was given at the “11. Symposium des Dachverbandes Kulturpflanzen- und Nutztiervielfalt” from 25-27th November 2016 in Witzenhausen (

The Department of Ecological Plant Protection is also involved as a partner in an EIP-Agri project (Europäische Innovationspartnerschaft “Landwirtschaftliche Produktivität und Nachhaltigkeit”) on the CCPs, financed through the state of Hessen. The project will begin in January 2017 with the first experiments will be planted in October 2017. (Abstract)

At the Wissenschaftstagung Ökologischer Landbau 2017 conference, the project group will also give a workshop in collaboration with Dottenfelderhof (Hartmut Spieß involved as breeder in the project), entitled “Züchtung von Populationen für den Öko-Landbau – Ein Beitrag zur Steigerung der biologischen Vielfalt und zur Anpassung an die Folgen des Klimawandels”. (Abstract)

On the 21 and 22 of June 2017, the Organic Field Days (Oeko Feld Tage) will take place at the Hessische Staatsdomäne Frankenhausen ( Here the INSUSFAR project and CCPs will be introduced to farmers and the interested public and Task 2.1.3 and the MAGIC Barley populations, as well as some display plots introducing the CCPs and their parental varieties, will be introduced and discussed.

In addition, the Department of Ecological Plant Protection is a partner in a newly granted EU Project entitled “Redesigning European cropping systems based on species MIXtures (ReMIX EU grant number 727217)”, which will begin with the first experimental field trials in October 2017.