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.
The projects take in both major crops, such as wheat, as well as more specialised crops such as tomatoes and peppers. They also include new approaches to Integrated Pest Management (IPM), for example, seeking user-friendly IT solutions to help manage leaf spot diseases in cereals and automated airborne monitoring of the Drosophila suzukii pest in both crops and natural habitats.
The projects will also be addressing some intriguing questions, for example, investigating whether biological control works better on unprotected plants and the role biodiversity can play as a resilient ecosystem service for regulating weeds.
The projects recommended for funding are listed below. More details are available on the C-IPM website.