All the news about the ENDURE Network can be found in these pages.
In the coming days all European Union Member States are supposed to hand in their National Action Plan (NAP) to the EU Commission to meet the deadline of December 14, 2012 stipulated in Directive 2009/128, writes Per Kudsk, one of ENDURE’s task leaders. The NAPs should contain an outline of targets, including quantitative targets if Member States adopt them, measures and timetables to reduce risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment.
Exploring the extent to which agroecology could be used for crop protection on European farms was the task set for the fourth ENDURE Summer School, which brought together 12 PhD students and five expert teachers for a five-day course in Italy.
A new deadline of December 31 has been set for submissions to the Future Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Europe congress, which is expected to attract around 1,000 delegates to Riva del Garda, Italy, next March.
More than 150 participants from 25 countries discussed the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) during the 10th conference of the European Foundation for Plant Pathology 'IPM 2.0 – Towards future-proof crop protection in Europe'. The conference took place 1-5 October 2012 in Wageningen, the Netherlands. It was the first multidisciplinary research conference on the new European Union (EU) policy to increase IPM in European member states via National Action Plans. Participants discussed a number of aspects of the implementation of IPM principles.
In the fourth of our country profiles we examine Switzerland, a nation which first turned to Integrated Pest Management more than 40 years ago and has now developed Integrated Production and a system of direct payments to farmers for ecological services. As researchers Benno Graf, Jörg Samietz, Robert Baur and Thomas Steinger from Agroscope report, Swiss policy is focused on reducing the risks associated with pesticide use.
An international seminar on Integrated Pest Management and National Action Plans is being organised by the Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists in Tallinn, Estonia, on November 7th and 8th. With the deadline for the completion of National Action Plans set for December 2012, alongside the mainstreaming of IPM principles by 2014, these topics are generating much attention and it is not too late to register.
Two European-level meetings addressing current challenges in crop protection took place in Brussels on June 19 and 20, 2012, providing the opportunity to take a hard look at pesticide use and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The diverse audiences delved deep into history, took broad sweeps at the current situation, and had conflicting views on what the future directions ought to be. ENDURE participated in both meetings. We report here on the diverse and at times opposing views.
While European Commission funding of ENDURE may have ended in 2010, nearly all partners decided to continue in this important European network of crop protection research, university and extension groups. And continuation is extremely important as the ambition of the Directive 2009/128/EC demands challenging research to revive and rejuvenate the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) concept from decades ago, writes Piet Boonekamp, one of ENDURE’s task leaders.
In the third of our country profiles we examine France, where the ambitious challenge has been set of halving pesticide use nationally over the course of 10 years. In this article, Philippe Delval, an ENDURE participant working at ACTA, the ‘Network for Innovative Research in Agriculture’, and Marco Barzman, ENDURE’s Scientific Officer, examine Ecophyto 2018, France’s National Action Plan.
Researchers from across the globe seeking to control two invasive pests causing major damage to tomato and fruit crops are set to benefit from a new project, proposed by ENDURE and funded under the European Commission’s FP7 International Research Staff Exchange programme.