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To reconcile environmental goals with efficient crop protection, research needs to broaden its scope along spatial, temporal and organisational dimensions. That is the challenge that INRA’s new meta-programme Sustainable Management of Crop Health (SMaCH) is taking on. Olivier Le Gall (pictured right), who heads SMaCH, seeks to develop research on crop health that is more international and cuts across natural and human sciences.
In its quest toward reducing environmental risks associated with pesticide use by 25% by 2020, Germany has developed a new assessment tool, the “necessary minimum”. The concept, which defines a level of pesticide use above which further use would be unnecessary, is not as simple or simplistic as it seems.
ENDURE and the FP7 Integrated Project PURE feature in the latest edition of International Innovation. Interviews with PURE Coordinator Françoise Lescourret and ENDURE participants Pierre Ricci, Antoine Messéan and Marco Barzman, address in everyday language the principles behind Integrated Pest Management, the current situation in plant protection in Europe and the bottlenecks and knowledge gaps impeding the reduction of reliance on pesticides.
Advising for IPM: New Challenges
Paris, April 11-12, 2012
European farm advisers are invited!
The University of Pisa is holding the first international conference on "Robotics and associated High-technologies and Equipment for Agriculture" in Pisa, Italy, on September 19-21, 2012. Deadline for contributions is February 28.
ENDURE researchers focused on providing scientific support to policy have looked back into history at a number of national initiatives to reduce pesticide use or risk.
This is an exciting time for Integrated Pest Management, a strange thought considering that IPM dates all the way back to the 1950s, writes Marco Barzman (pictured right), ENDURE’s Scientific Officer.
ENDURE invites research and extension projects to make use of and contribute to the information, tools and services it offers.
In the second of our country profiles we examine Germany, where the task of implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) through the National Action Plan (NAP) is being addressed through a range of measures. The most important of these is the development of crop or sector specific guidelines designed to provide farmers with the information they need to grow crops according to the principles of IPM.
ENDURE’s Network of Advisers (ENA) has published its third newsletter, bringing advisers up to date with all the resources ENDURE can offer. It includes details of a workshop for advisers being organised by ENDURE, news on the PURE research project and the inside story on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Germany.