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The purpose of the 1991 Swiss COST proposal (Biological Control of Weeds in Crops) was to intensify and enlarge activities, to coordinate already existing or planned projects in Europe and to promote biological weed control in Europe in order to evaluate its potential, and to propose practicable applications. This requires a parallel investment in basic research for further developing this modern discipline of applied ecology. The general objectives and procedure of the action are described. In 1994 the action was approved to extend over a five year period for the initial phase of the project (COST-816). 11 countries representing over 25 institutions have joined the programme within the first year of the Action clearly demonstrating the interest in this "new" control strategy and the need for coordination. The national delegates of the Management Committee (MC) each established a list of participating/interested researchers (chapter 5 and 6) and filled in a two-page overview for each research project, summarizing the project, listing the researchers involved, the duration and financing of the project, and COST partnerships. By the end of January 1995, 13 projects have been approved by the MC. To coordinate these projects, a working group (WG) was established for each of the 4 target weed species (chapter 7). The WG on Senecio met in spring 1994 at Wädenswil, Switzerland, gathering 7 scientists from 5 countries. This book is the annual report for the first year of activity of COST-816.

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Authors: MÜLLER-SCHÄRER H, Université de Fribourg (CH);MASSON J P, CEC Bruxelles (BE);MULLER-SCHARER H, Universite de Fribourg (CH)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1996) 157pp.
Availability: Available from the DG XII Documentation Centre, European Commission, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE), Fax: +32-2-2969823
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-7444-9
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