“Providing information, tools and services to scientists, policy and farm advisers, and trainers concerned with Integrated Pest Management.” More information at What is ENDURE?
A new paper explores the work of ENDURE's wheat case study team, explaining how the group of scientists and extension workers gathered and analysed information about disease management in winter wheat (Triticum aestiva) in eight European countries.
One aspect of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) regards the selection of pesticides which are not disruptive to beneficial organisms, a task made easier by a number of online sources of information. ENDURE participant Marco Barzman reports on the International Organisation for Biological Control's Pest Select Database, which makes more than 40 years of data on the effects of pesticides on beneficial arthropods available online, plus six other sources of information on pesticide side effects.
A new version of the QuantiPest platform is now online, bringing together information on the characterisation of pest pressure - a major issue for field experiments - which is otherwise scattered and difficult to find.
The PURE research project, focusing on innovative crop protection for sustainable agriculture, stages a stakeholder conference in January 2015, showcasing the novel tools and knowledge it has developed and combined with existing control methods and technologies to provide IPM solutions for major European cropping systems.
The New Advisers project held its closing meeting in Budapest in September and leaves behind useful findings and a wealth of learning materials for farm advisers. ENDURE is making sure that the outputs of this interesting two-year project are made widely available.
The first STEPHY Guide on co-designing cropping systems less reliant on pesticides is now available in English. The Guide introduces a four-step learning process for co-designing alternative low-input cropping systems and can be used with advisers, farmers, R&D engineers, local stakeholders, researchers, trainers and students.
More than 40 people from 16 different countries, including researchers, advisers and those involved in innovation support for a more sustainable agriculture, attended ENDURE's European workshop on co-innovation.
ENDURE researchers have used sophisticated modelling techniques to demonstrate how mixing different cultivars of the same crop species can be a useful tactic in managing multiple diseases, writes Natalia Sapoukhina (pictured right).
Some 40 participants from 11 different countries attended a seminar dedicated to the theoretical aspects of co-innovation as ENDURE partners, in collaboration with MTT of Finland, work towards a European workshop on co-innovation being held in Brussels on November 27 and 28.
To all those interested in the practice of co-innovation in the context of Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Are you working on crop protection in practice, with farmers, advisers, and other stakeholders? Are you looking for inspiration on how to deal with the challenges of a more participatory approach? If yes, you may be interested in participating in the European workshop on co-innovation being held on November 27 and 28 in Brussels, writes Frank Wijnands, on behalf of the organising committee.