All the news about the ENDURE Network can be found in these pages.
Abstracts from March's Pesticide Use and Risk Reduction for Future Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Europe conference, of which ENDURE was a co-organiser, are now available online.
ENDURE's website has now been active for nearly six years, attracting almost 80,000 visitors and approaching half a million page views. Over that time ENDURE has changed, notably from a European Commission-funded Network of Excellence to a self-funding European Research Group, and we want to ensure the website evolves too, providing you with the information you need in a clear and timely fashion.
A new ENDURE project has been launched and seeks to create a European network of long-term experiments on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Launched in March this year and coordinated by Nicolas Munier-Jolain and Martin Lechenet (pictured right) from INRA, France, the project currently involves research institutes from seven European countries.
There is general consensus across Europe that not enough knowledge generated in the research sphere translates into changes in agricultural practices and, conversely, that innovations generated in collaboration with multiple stakeholders have a far greater chance of producing appropriate and widely used solutions. Against this background, the European Commission launched European Innovation Partnerships, and ENDURE is seeking to build on this momentum with a co-innovation seminar and workshop focused on crop protection within sustainable agriculture.
A short course dedicated to 'Mathematical Modelling for Sustainable Management of Crop Health' is being held in Italy in January and is open to PhD students, post-doctorates and researchers who want to better understand the use of models for plant protection, either because they will be interacting with models or modellers, or because they intend to develop models themselves.
The first annual meeting of the SUSTAIN (Pathogen-informed strategies for sustainable broad-spectrum crop resistance) Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action takes place this October, bringing together European scientists and breeders seeking to translate breakthroughs in plant-pathogen interaction research into effective breeding strategies for durable disease resistance in cereal and Solanaceous crops.
A new project has been launched to promote the development of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices for the sustainable control of the leafminer Tuta absoluta and the spotted wing fly Drosophila suzukii, invasive pests of tomato and fruit crops respectively.
Candidates for the fourth International Summer School in Agroecology (ISSAE), being held at the Ecole Nationale de Formation Agronomique in Toulouse, south-west France, have until May 30 to complete their application.
A European team of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) experts has completed a preliminary analysis of the most urgent research and extension needs for accelerating the development of IPM across the European Union.
A pan-European group of weed specialists has examined the possibilities for using non-chemical methods for weed control in reduced tillage arable systems. The review covers the redesigning of cropping systems, cover crops, stubble management strategies, tactics to strengthen crop growth relative to weed growth and direct mechanical weed control methods. Lead author Bo Melander, of Denmark’s Aarhus University, explains more: