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EU-China joint action to increase development and adoption of IPM tools

Project description

EU-China collaboration in integrated pest management

Chemical pesticides are harmful to the environment and human health, and their use should be restricted. Integrated pest management (IPM) combines preventive measures such as agronomic practices (crop rotations) and responsive measures such as biological pest control, and as a last resort chemical control. However, many available IPM tools are suboptimal, notably due to a loose political context, and many other IPM tools are still lacking, hindering our ability to counter the growing threats of invasive pests worldwide. The EU-funded ADOPT-IPM project will optimise existing IPM tools and packages and develop new IPM tools. It will also foster stakeholders’ adoption of IPM tools by surveying use and needs, and through trials and demonstration days of the newly optimised and developed tools with industrial partners.


The continuous stream of invasive agricultural pests and chronic re-emergence of key ones prompt for implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tools, but often main management methods rely largely on chemical pesticides. However, their widespread use is highlighted as a key threat to human health and wildlife. Much progress made in the conception of IPM tools in the past decade however, despite EU and Chinese policies prompting use of IPM, widespread adoption by farmers is slowed down by key barriers, notably because many available non-chemical IPM tools (a) have not been optimized (lack reliability or effectiveness), (b) are sub-optimal when combined together in IPM packages as not developed via an integrated approach, and (c) are missing for particular key pests. In this context the project will exploit the thorough knowledge accumulated on pest management methods to adapt and optimize IPM tools and practices which did not reach the field/market yet, or that are currently not efficient enough. In addition, ADOPT-IPM will work on the further development of high potential IPM tools, and will design optimized cost-effective environment-sound IPM packages. The choice of crops and pests in ADOPT-IPM (tomato, leafy vegetables, wheat, and maize) is based on their economic importance in Europe and China and for their current pest management methods relying largely on chemical pesticides. The project is structured in 3 R&D WPs, one for field demonstrations, one for dissemination and one for project management. The consortium has been selected to integrate early in the research process the main end-users of the project’s results (farmers associations, SMEs and key stakeholders). The EU-China consortium also has a strong coverage of experts (and based on many long-term collaborations), to take advantage of the experience of each region and to more efficiently adapt the IPM tools, practices and packages to the specific problems of European and Chinese farmers.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 292 098,75
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Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 292 098,75

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