All the news about the ENDURE Network can be found in these pages.
The latest newsletter from the BIOCOMES project (‘New biological control products for sustainable farming and forestry’) is now available, bringing readers up to date with progress on their work to develop 11 new products to control a number of important pests and diseases.
A workshop focusing on Drosophila suzukii, a serious pest in fruit crops, was staged alongside the 9th International Conference on Integrated Fruit Production, held in Thessaloniki, Greece, from September 4 to 8, 2016.
Young scientists working in the field of biological control are to be provided with the opportunity to learn more about the development of microbial biological control products at a workshop being organised by the BIOCOMES project (New biological control products for sustainable farming and forestry).
The final annual meeting of the Coordinated Integrated Pest Management European Research Area Network (ERA-Net C-IPM) has been set for December, alongside the kick-off of its first call for projects.
We regularly update our events calendar and 10 new events have been recently added. New events include conferences in Brazil, Australia, Cuba and Malaysia, plus details of IOBC workshops.
ENDURE said goodbye and thanks to an old friend and one of its founding members in May, with the retirement of Piet Boonekamp (left in photograph) of Wageningen University and Research Centre’s Plant Research International. He has been replaced on the ENDURE Executive Committee by his former colleague, Willem Jan de Kogel.
A new project is seeking to understand why, despite much research and many breakthroughs, late blight in potato remains stubbornly difficult to control with efficient and environmentally friendly methods.
A strategic research agenda for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Europe has been prepared by Coordinated Integrated Pest Management (C-IPM), the European Research Area Network (ERA-Net) seeking to align national research programmes on IPM in Europe.
The results of projects launched in 2013 by INRA’s Sustainable Management of Crop Health (SMaCH) metaprogramme will be presented (in French) at a two-day workshop this autumn, alongside four theses supported by the programme.
Recent issues relating to proposed withdrawals of key pesticides for farmers in the European Union, including neonicotinoids (pollinator loss concerns) and glyphosate (for example, weed resistance, health and biodiversity loss concerns) have raised the profile of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) amongst stakeholders as a potential way forward for more sustainable crop protection, write Nick Birch, Graham Begg, Cathy Hawes and Geoff Squire from Scotland’s James Hutton Institute.