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EU Call for Proposals: Stepping up integrated pest management

There is a need to develop and promote more cost-effective and sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) options which are based on a holistic view of agro-ecosystems. IPM is part of EU legislation promoting the sustainable use of plant protection products (SUD). The various IPM solutions being developed across Europe all differ depending on the crops, the available climate monitoring systems, the underlying knowledge of pest populations, on pedo-climatic conditions and on the agro-ecological environment. IPM decision support systems and models developed as part of national or regional research projects usually only deal with limited aspects of crop production and are validated in regional circumstances. As a consequence, it remains often unclear what the value of such a model/system may be in other parts of Europe and what the impact of climate change could be on the validity of the model. Sharing IPM decision supporting tools at EU level therefore has great potential for synergies. Furthermore, on-farm demonstration of novel IPM tools would boost peer-to-peer learning across Europe and help farmers with daily management practices, as well as enable the integration of these tools into precision agriculture.

Dateline for submission: 11 September 2018 17:00:00 (Brussels time)

Illustration Photo: Beth Hoinacki, owner of Goodfoot Farm located about 20 miles northwest of Corvallis, Ore., looks over her chickens and geese that are part of the biodynamic agricultural method she is adopting on her farm. As the young mixed fruit orchard comes into production, Beth hopes to maintain a no-spray management program for insect pests and diseases. Beth is experimenting in this area with establishing habitat for beneficial insects and integrating animals. (credits: NRCS Oregon / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0))

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