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UK experts have recommended a three-pronged approach for the sustainable management of black-grass, an increasingly herbicide-resistant weed which is a particular problem in autumn-sown cereal crops.
The closing conference of the AgriSpin project (Space for Innovation in Agriculture) takes place on July 3, 2017, on the Greek island of Crete. The project, coordinated by SEGES, one of ENDURE’s Danish partners, has been seeking to establish what makes innovation processes move forward and what blocks them.
A dozen new events have recently been added to our events calendar, including the five-day Future IPM 3.0, which runs from October 16 to 20 in Riva del Garda, Italy. Alongside the IOBC/WPRS General Assembly and plenary sessions, IPM Future 3.0 will feature a selection of workshops on ‘hot topics’ such as induced resistance in plants, novel tools in viticulture and preserving soil quality.
Two of ENDURE’s French partners are joining forces with the AgMIP and MacSur international networks to host an International Conference on Crop Losses caused by diseases, pests and weeds this autumn. An initiative from INRA, working in close partnership with CIRAD, the event will run from October 16 to 18 in Paris.
Two fresh newsletters from INRA's Sustainable Management of Crop Health (SMaCH) metaprogramme are now available (in French), one focusing on the design of sustainable systems and agro-ecological transitions, and one examining the management of crop health at the landscape and territorial scales.
The ERA-net C-IPM (Coordinated Integrated Pest Management in Europe) has given the green light to nine new research projects following its second call for proposals in 2016.
French researchers have demonstrated that low pesticide use rarely decreases productivity and profitability in arable farms, and that major reductions in pesticide use across the country could be achieved through a range of changes in practices, provided the appropriate support is provided to farmers.
The fourth Sustainability Conference organised by ENDURE’s Swiss partner, Agroscope, this year presented the principles, opportunities and challenges of ‘smart farming’ and outlined the latest developments and current research needs.
There is a chance to catch up with progress in the BIOCOMES project (‘New biological products for sustainable farming and forestry’) with the publication of its ninth newsletter. The project, comprising 13 industrial partners and 14 research institutes and universities from 14 countries, is seeking to offer 11 new biological control products for arable, vegetable and fruit tree crops, plus new solutions for forestry and two new production technologies.
EuroBlight’s 2017 workshop tackling early and late blight in potato crops is taking shape. The event runs from May 14 to 17, 2017, in Aarhus, Denmark, and is being hosted by ENDURE member Aarhus University.