Crop protection in oilseed rape, a major European crop, currently relies on pesticides and lags behind recent scientific advances. MASTER will construct and evaluate, through a trans-European collaborative experiment, economically viable and environmentally less harmful Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Strategies for the crop that maximise biological control of pests and minimise pesticide use, through enhancement of naturally occurring natural enemies of the pests. Indicators of crop performance, pest and damage incidence and cost-benefits will be used in evaluation. Guidelines for End-users and a Phonological Model for Decision Support will be produced. New information on the pest/natural enemy community in the crop ecosystem and new insight into the socio-economic processes affecting new technology adoption by farmers will be acquired.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts