“Providing information, tools and services to scientists, policy and farm advisers, and trainers concerned with Integrated Pest Management.” More information at What is ENDURE?
France's Res0Pest experimental network marks a new way of producing the knowledge required to design environmentally friendly cropping systems, testing complete systems rather than individual factors and dispensing with all pesticides, both synthetic and those permitted in organic agriculture. Team members Vincent Cellier, Caroline Colnenne-David, Violaine Deytieux and Ségolène Plessix explain more:
The Sustainable Management of Crop Health (SMaCH) meta-programme of INRA, France's National Institute of Agricultural Research, is now fully operational and has a new leader, Xavier Reboud (pictured right), who is keen to continue working with ENDURE, which brings a valuable pan-European scope to the programme.
In the fifth of our country profiles we focus on the United Kingdom, where the challenge of meeting the Sustainable Use Directive is being met with a plan that seeks to employ, where possible, non-regulatory approaches delivered by stakeholder partners. Nick Birch, of the James Hutton Institute, and Andrew Lewer, long-term ENDURE contributor, report.
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A new European project has been launched to boost the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on farms across Europe. Called C-IPM (Coordinated Integrated Pest Management), the project brings together 32 organisations from 21 countries and is being backed with almost €2 million through the European Commission's ERA-NET scheme.
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.
Field experiments and sampling of soil and plants started at Rothamsted in the 19th century and continue to provide data relevant to crop protection today, reports Sarah Perryman. She writes: The electronic Rothamsted Archive (e-RA) is a unique internet resource providing access to data from the oldest continuous agronomic experiments in the world and can be used in forecasting diseases and understanding changes in weed flora, disease spectra, pathogen resistance to fungicides and virulence.
Farmers and foresters have the prospect of at least 11 new biological control products to call on in the coming years, with the European BIOCOMES project bringing together 27 business and research partners from 14 different countries to produce alternative means of controlling some of the most significant diseases and pests.
A second international short course on modelling for the sustainable management of crop health is scheduled for early in 2016, following the success of this year's week-long course in Volterra, Italy.
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 aestivum) in eight European countries.