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MINIMIZING PESTICIDE USE AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT BY THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF BIO-CONTROL STRATEGIES FOR OILSEED RAPE PESTS

Objective



OBJECTIVES

General:

To co-ordinate, for the benefits of the environment and agriculture in Europe, current and future studies on enhancing the effectiveness of natural enemies of ailseed rape (OSR) pests, and thereby minimizing reliance on pesticides.

Specific:

a) To establish a network amongst European scientists currently working on bio-contral and integrated crop management (ICM) of OSR pests, by providing a forum for information exchange between participants.
b) Through winter workshops and summer meetings, to focus on technological exchange and to co-ordinate future research on natural enemies of OSR pests, thereby minimizing duplication of effort.
c) To reduce environment impact of pesticides on a major EU crop by devising strategies for farmers to exploit natural enemies and thereby minimize and better rationalize pesticide use on OSR.
d) To make recommendations for the direction, harmonization and prioritization of future research efforts in these areas.

CONTENT

Year 1
1. Under the guidance of a small (3-Person) Steering Group, to plan and co-ordinate a
detailed 3-year programme of winter workshops and summer meetings.
2. At an initial winter workshop:
a) to review the status of knowledge on natural enemies, and plan and discuss
future group activities;
b) to discuss requirements for the development and EU-wide harmonization
of monitoring methodologies for OSR pests and their natural enemies;
c) to establish a regular newsletter in order to disseminate group activities to a
wider audience.
3. To hold a summer meeting, concentrating on PARASITGIDS, at which participants would:
a) share technical knowledge, with the aim of standardizing methodologies and identifying
ways of minimizing pesticide use
b) arrange the collection and exchange of bio-control material for reference purposes;
c) identify and help develop relevant taxonomic expertise on the natural enemies of OSR pests

Year 2
1. To develop a centralised database on OSR pests and their natural enemies.
2. To hold a winter workshop, with particular reference to the assessment of the
effectiveness of natural enemies and bio-control potential for minimizin pesticide use.
3. To hold a summer meeting, concentrating an PREDATORS.

Year 3
1. To hold a winter workshop to identify sustainable bio-control strategies which take
account of landscape structure. The relevance to ICM, and the environmental benefits
of such strategies, will also be considered.
2. To hold a summer meeting, concentrating on PATHOGENS.
3. To hold a final review meeting, to collate groupls findings and recommendations.
4. To ensure maximum publicity for the groupls findings and conclusions, to co-ordinate
presentation of results and recommendations, and to prioritize and make recom-
mendations for future collaborative research.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

Agricultural Development and Advisory Service (ADAS)
Address
Brooklands Avenue
CB2 2DR Cambridge
United Kingdom

Participants (12)

Agricultural Development and Advisory Service (ADAS)
United Kingdom
Address
Woodthorne Wergs Road
WV6 8TQ Wolverhampton
BBSRC Institute of Arable Crops Research
United Kingdom
Address
Rothamsted Experimental Station
AL5 2JQ Harpenden
C.E.T.I.O.M. - CENTRE TECHNIQUE INTERPROFESSIONNEL DES OLEAGINEUX METROPOLITAINS
France
Address
Rue De Lagny
77178 Saint Pathus
DANISH INSTITUTE OF PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Denmark
Address
Lottenborgvej, 2
2800 Lyngby
FEDERAL BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH - CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY
Germany
Address
Messeweg, 11 - 12
38104 Braunschweig
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITÄT GÖTTINGEN
Germany
Address
Grisebachstraße, 6 - P.o. Box 3744
37077 Göttingen
LUDWIG-BOLTZMANN INSTITUTE FOR BIOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE AND APPLIED ECOLOGY
Austria
Address
Rinnböckstraße, 15
1110 Vienna
MAFF Central Science Laboratory
United Kingdom
Address
Hatching Green
AL5 2BD Harpenden
SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Sweden
Address
Ulls Väg, 16
75236 Uppsala
SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Sweden
Address
P.o. Box 44
230 53 Alnarp
SWISS FEDERAL RESEARCH STATION FOR AGROECOLOGY AND AGRICULTURE
Switzerland
Address
Reckenholzstrasse, 191 - 211
8046 Zürich
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Finland
Address
Viikki - P.o. Box 27
00014 Helsinki