All the news about the ENDURE Network can be found in these pages.
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.
The sixth leaflet in ENDURE’s Training in Integrated Pest Management series is now available. The leaflet focuses on the participatory training method developed by the Organic Rice Production in Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ORPESA) project in southern France.
More than 70 researchers benefitted from ENDURE’s mobility programme during the network’s four-year funding by the European Commission, and mobility will continue to be a focus now that ENDURE has become a self-funding European Research Group.
ENDURE’s Network of Advisers (ENA) has published its second newsletter, bringing advisers up to date with all the resources ENDURE can offer. It includes a report on November's ENDURE conference, Integrated Pest Management in Europe, and feedback from ENA members who attended.