All the news about the ENDURE Network can be found in these pages.
ENDURE’s partner from Poland, the Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute (IHAR), is hosting a conference focusing on pesticide risk and use reduction in Eastern and Central Europe and the Baltics this September to mark the Polish presidency of the European Union.
Three new leaflets in French have been published, focusing on maize based cropping systems in four different regions in Europe: Northern Europe, Spain, Italy and Hungary.
Back in November, the heads of 14 ENDURE partner institutions pledged to pool resources to “ensure the sustainability of crop protection in Europe through scientific excellence, interdisciplinary research, and international partnership”, writes Antoine Messéan, ENDURE Coordinator.
A new Collaborative Working Group on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has been established under the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) umbrella. ENDURE welcomes the strategic objectives of this European research agenda setting group.
Denmark is reshaping its agricultural and environmental policies changing the way pesticides will be used in the country. It is introducing a new national target based on environmental impact, a new tax on pesticides and a raft of measures to support the greater use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), including subsidised advice on IPM.
Four new leaflets in French have been published, focusing on winter crops based cropping systems in Denmark, France and the United Kingdom, and strategies to reduce Fusarium ear blight and mycotoxin production in wheat crops.
A new brochure outlining the information, tools and services ENDURE offers to scientists, policy and farm advisers, and trainers concerned with Integrated Pest Management is now available.
By how much could we expect to cut pesticide inputs in maize? It’s a question which has been tackled by ENDURE’s team examining the potential use of innovative technologies and the answer, in short, is by a huge amount: 100% in the case of seed treatments, up to 85% in the case of insecticides and 90% in the case of herbicides.
A new European research project on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) was launched in March 2011. PURE (Pesticide Use-and-risk Reduction in European farming systems with IPM) takes research work initiated in ENDURE one step further. PURE focuses on the systems approach started by ENDURE, examining the role of larger spatial (cropping system) and temporal (multi-year) scales in crop protection.
Manipulating the landscape to influence functional biodiversity is a new option in the construction of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy. The idea is to eventually enhance natural controls (ecosystem services) by acting at the landscape level for the benefit of agricultural crops.