“Providing information, tools and services to scientists, policy and farm advisers, and trainers concerned with Integrated Pest Management.” More information at What is ENDURE?
UK Integrated Pest Management experts have described how IPM – already an interdisciplinary subject – is set to become even more so as the importance of pollinators to agriculture receives greater attention.
A seven-strong team of seven ENDURE scientists presented ongoing Integrated Pest Management activities in Europe at the 18th International Plant Protection Congress which was held in Berlin, Germany from August 24 to 27, 2015.
An ENDURE team of 17 co-authors has just published a review paper on the European Union's eight principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The paper provides researchers, advisers and farmers an approach for applying these legal requirements intelligently to promote local innovation while reducing reliance on pesticides and associated risks. The authors hope that interest in this approach may help garner support from European and national policy makers to set incentives promoting IPM extension work, demonstrations, research and implementation.
The first English versions of INRA's Sustainable Management of Crop Health (SMaCH) metaprogramme Information Letters are now available, revealing progress made in the durable management of plant pest resistance, and the launch of new projects addressing the mobilisation of natural regulation, monitoring, diagnosis and predicting risks for crop health.
There is a real prospect of a global attack on potato blight, reports the European EuroBlight network, with the first steps being taken during the group's biennial meeting in Romania in June. Experts from North America, South America and Asia joined their European colleagues at the meeting.
A new section of the ENDURE website has been created, offering rapid access to the tools produced by the New Advisers project and links to other materials and information useful for agricultural advisers and trainers.
The second draft of the Strategic Research Agenda for IPM (Integrated Pest Management) in Europe is now online, giving interested parties three months to respond and help refine the final version.
A raft of useful Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tools are now available from the PURE research project, including booklets summarising PURE's experimental work and e-learning presentations designed to aid the implementation of IPM solutions.
ENDURE Communication Team leader Philippe Delval (left) is nearing the end of a 19-stop 'world tour' which has seen him and ACTA partner Bryce Bouvard (right) deliver a series of 'thematic' days, marking the second stage of France's major efforts to train trainers, in other words the personnel responsible for providing insight into alternative pest control methods to farmers and producers seeking the obligatory certification required to use pesticides in France.
The e-learning courses provided by ACTA, working on behalf of the French Directorate General for Education and Research, are provided through a dedicated website and divided into sectors, for example, field crops, vegetable production etc. We have taken a closer look at the training dedicated to viticulture, particularly important in France as vines occupy close to one million hectares of land and play a major part in the country’s economy as well as attracting large numbers of tourists from France and beyond. And, given the diverse range of insect pests and diseases faced, pesticide use is high.