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The European Commission officially adopted and published two key pieces of legislation that form part of the ‘pesticides package’ at the end of November, setting in motion major changes in how plant protection products are placed on the market and how they are used in practice.
At a meeting in Paris on November 26, ENDURE’s Governing Council (which brings together senior representatives of its 18 institutional members) unanimously decided to create a European Research Group (ERG) that will prolong the Network of Excellence after its European Commission (EC) funding ceases at the end of 2010. The ERG will be supported by in-kind contributions from the consortium members.
Wasps are unlikely to win many popularity contests and genetic engineering has plenty of detractors too, but both offer very efficient ways of controlling a major pest affecting maize crops in Europe.
The challenge Member States face in implementing the European Union’s new Framework Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides was put under the spotlight at an Italian stakeholders’ conference jointly organised by ENDURE this month.
Aarhus University, one of ENDURE’s two Danish partners, is seeking ‘bright and enthusiastic’ people with excellent MSc degrees in the natural science, agricultural or engineering disciplines to fill 10 PhD positions.
Late blight is the most serious disease to affect potatoes, and costs the farming industry worldwide a staggering €4 billion per year in crop losses and treatments. However, protecting potatoes against the disease caused by the pseudo-fungus Phytophthora infestans is becoming more efficient and sophisticated thanks to the use of Decision Support Systems (DSS).
France’s Club Adalia, which brings together a wide range of professionals in the agricultural and food sectors, reported recently on the work of ENDURE’s team dedicated to landscape ecology and its participation at this year’s European International Association of Landscape Ecology Conference in Salzburg, Austria.
Wheat production was under the spotlight at the British Crop Production Council’s 2009 Congress, held in the Scottish city of Glasgow, thanks to presentations from ENDURE’s Lise Nistrup Jørgensen and Neal Evans.
More than 350 delegates representing more than 200 companies and organisations from all over the world attended the Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM), which was held over two days in Lucerne, Switzerland, in October.
ENDURE is stepping up its recruitment efforts for the ENDURE Network of Advisers (ENA), membership of which is open to any European advisers (state, private and company) who are directly involved in advising farmers on a daily basis.