“Providing information, tools and services to scientists, policy and farm advisers, and trainers concerned with Integrated Pest Management.” More information at What is ENDURE?
The fourth Sustainability Conference organised by ENDURE’s Swiss partner, Agroscope, this year presented the principles, opportunities and challenges of ‘smart farming’ and outlined the latest developments and current research needs.
The ERA-net C-IPM (Coordinated Integrated Pest Management in Europe) has given the green light to nine new research projects following its second call for proposals in 2016.
There is a chance to catch up with progress in the BIOCOMES project (‘New biological products for sustainable farming and forestry’) with the publication of its ninth newsletter. The project, comprising 13 industrial partners and 14 research institutes and universities from 14 countries, is seeking to offer 11 new biological control products for arable, vegetable and fruit tree crops, plus new solutions for forestry and two new production technologies.
EuroBlight’s 2017 workshop tackling early and late blight in potato crops is taking shape. The event runs from May 14 to 17, 2017, in Aarhus, Denmark, and is being hosted by ENDURE member Aarhus University.
Plans to increase the use and visibility of EcophytoPIC, France’s Integrated Pest Management portal, have received useful insight with the completion of a 10-month study into the portal’s use of social media, in particular Twitter and Facebook.
We regularly update our events calendar and more than a dozen new events have been recently added. New events include Cereals 2017, the United Kingdom’s technical event for the arable industry. The 2017 edition will be held on June 14 and 15 at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire, and is expected to attract more than 24,000 farmers, agronomists and industry professionals.
France’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) portal, www.ecophytopic.fr, continues to expand, acting as a repository for a wealth of information on various aspects of farming with less pesticides across six product groups (arable crops, arboriculture, vegetables, tropical crops, horticulture and viticulture).
Researchers from ENDURE’s Scottish partner, the James Hutton Institute (JHI), have unveiled new criteria for measuring the risk of late blight in potato crops, which will help to improve the UK’s alert system from 2017.
The second newsletter from the EUCLID project (Europe China Lever for IPM Demonstration) is now available, following hot on the heels of EUCLID’s annual meeting and providing an update from the four-year project’s activities.
Rothamsted Research’s Professor Toby Bruce has launched an innovative new network, comprising a website and phone apps, which “provides easy access to information about pest, weed and disease management for farmers and agronomists, especially in situations where effective pesticides are not available and alternative approaches are required.”