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Replacement of Copper Fungicides in Organic Production of Grapevine and Apple in Europe

Objective

The objective of REPCO is to replace copper fungicides in organic agriculture by new measures for control of downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola) in grapevine and scab (Venturia inaequalis) in apple. Both major European organic crops strongly depend on copper fungicides with application of a total of 38 kg copper per ha permitted between 2002 and 2006. Permitted amounts will be reduced stepwise during the following years (Council Regulation (EEC) 2092/91, Annex II) to avoid environmental risks. In European countries where copper fungicides are already out of use, production of organic apples suffers severe economical problems because of insufficient scab control. Potentiators of resistance, organically based fungicides and biocontrol agents will be screened and evaluated in grapevine and apple. The risk of pathogen evolution during use of novel control measures will be estimated to allow the development of sustainable strategies. Effects of crop management practices in organic agriculture on overwintering of V. inaequalis will be assessed. Novel disease control measures and knowledge will be integrated into organic management systems. 'Pipeline' products already under development elsewhere will be included and where necessary optimised in their use. Implementation by end-users and industries qualified for commercialisation of project findings will be strongly emphasised. SME partners will ensure a strong link between end-users and research. At the end of the project several compounds and biocontrol agents will be delivered to qualified industries for development of products for use in organic agriculture. Additionally, knowledge of integrated use of control measures will be delivered to organic growers. Knowledge and material will be exchanged with ongoing projects on potato late blight control in organically grown potato. The project will thus strongly support EU policies to replace the use of copper fungicides in organic agriculture in the nearby future.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SSP-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK
Address
Costerweg 50
9101 Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (13)

STAATLICHES WEINBAUINSTITUT
Germany
Address
Merzhauser Strasse 119
Freiburg Im Breisgau
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZÜRICH
Switzerland
Address
Raemistrasse 101
Zürich
ISTITUTO AGRARIO DI SAN MICHELE ALL'ADIGE
Italy
Address
Mach, 1
S. Michele All'adige
GROUPE DE RECHERCHE EN AGRICULTURE BIOLOGIQUE
France
Address
Site Agroparc
1222 Avignon
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Noerregade 10
Kobenhavn
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus C
ECOVIN BUNDESVERBAND ÖKOLOGISCHER WEINBAU
Germany
Address

1261 Oppenheim
BIO FRUIT ADVIES
Netherlands
Address
Dorpsstraat 32
Zoelmond
PROPHYTA BIOLOGISCHER PFLANZENSCHUTZ GMBH
Germany
Address
Inselstrasse 12
Malchow/poel
DEN KONGELIGE VETERINAER- OG LANDBOHOEJSKOLE
Denmark
Address
Buelowsvej 17
Frederiksberg C
DANISH INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Denmark
Address
Research Centre Foulum
Tjele
ECOVIN REGIONALVERBAND BADEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Poststrasse 17
Heitersheim
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU
Switzerland
Address
Ackerstrasse
Frick