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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.
ENDURE brought together an original mix of representatives from industry and research from across Europe. With this collective expertise, ranging from basic biology to applied field work and marketing, the group set out to identify knowledge gaps and key factors for a more widespread application of biocontrol of agricultural pests.
De nombreuses parties du site ENDURE sont désormais disponibles en français.
Many parts of the ENDURE website are now available in French.
Reducing pesticide use and risk remains high on the agenda of EU Member States, and for the third time since 2007, a Member State has taken advantage of its EU Presidency to organise a policy seminar on the issue. The latest seminar was staged earlier this month by Poland’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and focused on ‘Sustainable use of pesticides and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in East-Central Europe and the Baltics.’
While the long-term aim of ENDURE is to reduce agriculture’s reliance on pesticides, in particular through its work examining the redesign of cropping systems and non-chemical alternatives, there is a recognition that short-term progress on reducing the impact of pesticides can be achieved through strategies aimed at optimising their use.
More than 40 participants from 16 countries tackled the topic ‘Crop and Sector Specific Guidelines for Integrated Plant Protection’, the theme of May’s 4th International Symposium ‘Plant Protection and Plant Health in Europe (PPPHE)’ in Berlin, Germany.
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.