Pest management without pesticides
Today’s agroecosystems require new pesticide-free methods for pest regulation processes. To date, the main pests in crop farming – weeds, insect herbivores and pathogens – have been studied separately. The EU-funded WIDE-Synergies project will consider these three pests together. Its hypothesis is that there are synergies in the synchronised management of pests and their natural enemies. The project will conduct two field experiments to assess the effects of pesticide-free farming, identify the synergies and estimate the effects on crop yield. Both experiments will compare farming practices of controlling weeds without herbicides known to also affect insects and pathogens. The results will be of high interest to farmers, who will be invited to follow the research project and discuss its output.