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EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTEGRATED CONTROL STRATEGY OF POTATO LATE BLIGHT

Objective



Background

Potatoes and field-grown tomatoes are very important crops in Europa. The most important disease, potato late blight is caused by the fungus Phytophthora infestans. The disease occurs worldwide and causes important economic losses in potatoes and tomatoes due to lower yields and quality. The control of late blight is dependant on frequent applications of synthetic fungicides. In EU member states every year approximately 13.000 tons of active ingredient is used to control potato late blight, at a total cost of about 140 million ECU. Since 1980 the population of P. infestans has gradually changed to a more aggressive population with A1 and A2 mating types and sexual reproduction.

In many European countries research is being carried out on Integrated Control Strategies for potato blight in potatoes and tomatoes.

The objective of this action is to establish a network for communication between scientists and research groups in ten European countries who are working on the development of Integrates Control Strategies for control of potato late blight (Phytophthora infestans) and avoid duplication of efforts by coordination research between Member States. This network will result in a complete datapackage with information on Integrated Control of Late Blight. This information can than be used to develop a decision support system.

Short description of the project

Workshops will be organized once a year. The workshops will be open to all participants and all people on the mailing list, including the makers of fungicides.

In the first workshop a survey will be presented of all operational forecasting systems and integrated Control Strategies in Europe. The development of a European Integrated Control Strategy, in which all available knowledge is included, will be initiated. Priorities for research will be discussed. Results will be discussed in a 2nd workshop of research and development.

In the second year validation experiments with the Integrated Control Strategies will be carried out and presented in a third workshop. An implementation on farm level will take place in the third year and the results will be presented in a last workshop.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

RESEARCH STATION FOR ARABLE FARMING AND FIELD GROWN
Address
Edelhertweg, 1 - P.o. Box 430
8200 AK Lelystad
Netherlands

Participants (16)

Agricultural Development and Advisory Service (ADAS)
United Kingdom
Address
St Agnes Road Gabalfa
CF4 4YH Cardiff
BIOLOGISCHE BUNDESANSTALT FÜR LAND-UND FORSTWIRTSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Messeweg, 11 - 12
3300 Braunschweig
BUNDESAMT UND FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FÜR LANDWIRTSCHAFT
Austria
Address
Trunnerstraße, 1 - 5
1020 Vienna
CENTRUM VOOR PLANTENVEREDELINGS-EN REPRODUKTIE-ONDERZOEK
Netherlands
Address
P.o. Box 16
6700 AA Wageningen
DANISH INSTITUTE OF PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Denmark
Address
P.o. Box 23
8830 Tjele
Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland
United Kingdom
Address
Newforge Lane
BT9 5PX Belfast
I.N.R.A.
France
Address
P.o. Box 29
35650 Le Rheu
METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE
Cyprus
Address
Larnaca Airport
7130 Larnaca
MINISTERE DE L'AGRICULTURE
Belgium
Address
Rue Du Serpont, 100
6800 Libramont
OAK PARK RESEARCH CENTER
Ireland
Address

Carlow
Osservatorio per la Malattie delle Piante
Italy
Address
Via Di Corticalla 133
40129 Bologna
PROVINCIAAL ONDERZOEK EN VOORLICHTINGSCENTRUM VOOR LAND-EN TUINBOUW
Belgium
Address
Ieperseweg, 87
8800 Rumbeke
SERVICE REGIONAL DE LA PROTECTION DE VEGETAUX
France
Address
Rue Bernard Palissy, 81 - P.o. Box 47
62750 Loos-en-gohelle
SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Sweden
Address
Centrala Ultuna, 23
75007 Uppsala
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN
Germany
Address
Hohe Bachern Straße
85350 Freising - Weihenstephan
West of Scotland Agricultural College
United Kingdom
Address
Auchincruive
KA6 5HW Ayr