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The aim of the EC-programmes on plant protection against phytophagous animals, diseases and weeds has been defined according to the principles of integrated pest management. Taking into account the serious problem of chemical pollution in the environment, one of the causes being the incorrect use of pesticides in phytosanitary defence, the possibility of having alternative and healthy means and strategies of control has been explored in the Member Countries of the European Communities. Five year research programmes, including common and coordinated activities at the twelve European Countries level, were carried out. Special attention was given to new control methods, in particular biological, genetic, cultural, and bio-technical, as well as chemical, on the basis of a better knowledge of the ecology, behaviour and ethology of pests and with respect for the agro-ecosystems. A review is given of the situation from 1971 to date, elucidating the ways of controlling pests mainly connected with fruits, vegetables, cereals and protected crops. Information on the research in progress by the European Communities and comments on future prospects in this field are also given.

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Authors: CAVALLORO R, JRC Ispra Estab. (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Seminari Scientifici Universita di Catania (IT), Nov. 10, 1988
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 34355 ORA
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