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Winter wheat may be Europe’s largest cereal crop but growing it is not without its problems, with disease epidemics in particular affecting both grain yield and quality. However, these diseases can be managed in a variety of ways, as a new website explains.
An opportunity for a post-doc position at INRIA, the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, has been announced in ENDURE’s Job Opportunity pages. The position involves ‘Modelling the airborne dispersal of a pathogen over a highly structured and anthropized perennial crop cover’ and is based at INRIA’s University of Bordeaux 2 department.
Rather like the ENDURE Network itself, landscape ecology is an interdisciplinary science, bringing together scientists with different specialities in a way that holds out intriguing possibilities for improving our understanding of how we can progress in Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
English-speaking people grow up with the knowledge that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but the healthy image of this popular fruit is tainted in the eyes of some people by the number of pesticide treatments apples can be subject to.
ENDURE has launched its fourth mobility plan, giving scientists from ENDURE partner institutions the opportunity to conduct research at other organisations, both within the network and beyond. Applications for the fourth mobility plan have to be made before midnight on November 7 2009 and mobility placements will run from January through to November 2010.
Poster presentations are being welcomed for the first annual event organised by Le pole de compétitivité Q@LI-MEDiterranée, the group which brings together some 1,200 different organisations working in the fields of agriculture, agricultural research and the food industry in Languedoc-Roussillon, France.
A range of documents useful for those involved in the policy making process has now been added to ENDURE’s pages. The selection currently includes documents relating to National Action Plans and pesticide reduction plans from Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom, plus review papers from The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
ENDURE scientists Lise Nistrup Jørgensen and Neal Evans will be among more than 70 speakers at the British Crop Production Council’s 2009 Congress, which is being held from November 9 until November 11 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.
Judging by the variety of agricultural advisory services offered across Europe - varying from the private to the public, from the large to the small - it could be assumed that there is no right or wrong way to ensure farmers receive the best advice on Integrated Pest Management. However, several ENDURE partners have specific expertise in this area and are pooling their experiences to outline proven techniques useful for advisers and extension services across the European Union.
If you have not checked ENDURE’s International Conference 2008 pages recently, you could be in for a pleasant surprise as the full papers of some 52 presentations can now be consulted online.