All the news about the ENDURE Network can be found in these pages.
ENDURE’s grapevine case study team has recently published a series of five leaflets in the From Science to Field series tackling subjects as varied as reducing herbicide use, Decision Support Systems, mating disruption, the use of microbial biocontrol agents and new disease-resistant grape varieties.
With European Member States facing significant challenges in introducing National Action Plans designed to deliver agricultural systems which make much greater use of Integrated Pest Management, the role of ENDURE’s Network of Experts is likely to become increasingly important.
For a crop that originates in the Americas, maize has established an extremely important place in European agriculture, whether it be in terms of acreages, the frequency with which is it grown or its role in crop rotation systems.
The UK Government is to pump more than £13.5 million (€15.5m) into more than 30 innovative crop protection research projects in a move it hopes will help farmers cope with new European Union regulations.
Even the most dynamic lecture or PowerPoint presentation can sometimes fail to inspire participants, which is why training experts from the Danish Agricultural Advisory Service (DAAS) have devised an Integrated Pest Management card game to support IPM training programmes.
Students from as far afield as China, Argentina and Uganda are among the candidates selected for ENDURE’s third PhD Summer School, which will be tackling ‘New and emerging agricultural pests, diseases and weeds’ in Volterra, Italy, this October.
Modelling experts from ENDURE’s research team studying the exploitation of plant genetic resistance have recently produced a leaflet explaining how to use three models employed by researchers at ENDURE partners Aarhus University (AU), INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) and Wageningen University (WUR).
You can now read about ENDURE’s Information Centre - the central point of reference for extending expert knowledge, recommendations and advice for extension services, advisers and researchers concerning all aspects of Integrated Pest Management - in a range of European languages.
The third and final guide from ENDURE’s maize case study team has now been published, offering advisers and extension services useful information about preventing ear rots caused by Fusarium species and mycotoxin contamination.
There are many paradoxes when it comes to fruit, and apples and pears in particular. On the one hand, we know eating fruit is good for us, but on the other, growing that perfect-looking fruit is likely to have relied on numerous chemical treatments, even though more-or-less viable non-chemical alternatives may exist.