All the news about the ENDURE Network can be found in these pages.
An important feature of the ENDURE Network of Excellence is the creation of the Virtual Laboratory. It is a major undertaking and is set for its first public appearance in 2010. We caught up with Neal Evans (pictured right), leader of the team responsible for the Virtual Laboratory, from the Department of Plant and Invertebrate Ecology at Rothamsted Research in the UK, to find out more.
Large swathes of Europe are devoted to vineyards. Indeed the International Organisation of Vine and Wine estimates that in 2008 the 27 European Union member states accounted for more than half the world’s vineyards, with around 3.8 million hectares of land dedicated to growing grapes.
ENDURE assistant coordinator Marco Barzman (INRA, France), pictured right, and Silke Dachbrodt-Saaydeh (Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI), Germany) took part in the first meeting of the European Commission’s expert group on the Thematic Strategy on the sustainable use of pesticides in Brussels, Belgium, in June.
A selection of scientific papers written by researchers from the ENDURE Network of Excellence can now be accessed online through the website.
Come and join us, is the clear message being delivered to agricultural advisers and other specialists across Europe as ENDURE launches the ENDURE Network of Advisers (ENA).
ENDURE’s Information Centre team had lots to reveal at the giant Cereals 2009 exhibition, not least the new ENDURE ‘uniform’, which helped them stand out from the 26,000-strong crowd at June’s event in Cambridgeshire, England!
As you may have noticed, we have now launched the new ENDURE website, making it quicker and easier for you to find the information you need!
For a pest control technique that is currently enjoying strong growth, biological control of pests has a long history. In fact, as far back as the late 1800s it proved a success when citrus growers in California, USA, introduced a predatory insect, the vedalia beetle, and a parasitoid fly from Australia to control Icerya purchasi, the cottony cushion scale, that was devastating their crops.
Everyone knows farming can be a difficult and complex job. Farmers have to juggle so many factors in their decision making: fluctuations in the price of inputs, in crop prices and in the weather conditions all have to be taken into account. Decision support systems (DSS) are designed to alleviate some of the stress, making it easier to judge when and with what to treat crops to achieve a profitable harvest, and hold out the prospect of significantly reducing pesticide use.
ENDURE's Netherlands partner, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), is to host the Network of Excellence's Annual Meeting in October this year.