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EuroBlight, the European potato late blight network, will be staging a workshop in the French city of Arras in May 2010, with the objective of presenting and discussing recent results on integrated control for both late and early blight.
France's Académie d'Agriculture (Academy of Agriculture) is to focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) later this month, in a session organised by, and featuring, ENDURE speakers. The event, to be held on November 25 in Paris, has been organised by Bernard Blum, leader of ENDURE’s team examining the exploitation of natural biological processes.
ENDURE members face the challenge of translating “very significant advances” into “visible and lasting achievements” over the coming months, coordinator Pierre Ricci told delegates at the Network of Excellence’s Annual Meeting held recently in the Netherlands.
Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection has - after consultation with other ministries - identified a range of measures it will need to take in order to successfully implement the European Union’s Framework Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides.
ENDURE has launched its 2010 grant scheme for International Cooperation Partner Country (ICPC) scientists, offering three researchers the possibility of qualifying for travel grants and a monthly living allowance of up to €2,000 per month for a stay of up to three months at one of the ENDURE network universities or research institutes.
ENDURE’s foresight team headed to the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania on the Greek island of Crete in September to gather input from researchers based in central and eastern Europe as part of their project to outline the future of European crop protection heading towards the year 2030.
The European Union’s new pesticides ‘package’ has cleared its final hurdle and will enter the statute books, despite last minute opposition from some ministers. The package changes both the way pesticides are regulated across Europe and the way they are used.
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).