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Technical guidelines on IPM strategy

Technical guidelines on IPM strategies for oilseed rape pests incorporating biological control (D3) have been produced. These are based on collaborative farm-scale field experiments conducted and replicated across Estonia, Germany, Poland, Sweden and the UK.

These compared two pest management systems for winter rape within a cereal rotation: a Standard System and an Integrated Pest Management System. In the latter, certain husbandry practices (such as soil tillage, plant density, cultivar and insecticide input) were modified to conserve parasitoids and predators and thereby minimise pesticide use.

The experiments showed that a farming system based on the principles of Integrated Crop Management with reduced tillage and non-inversion cultivation of soil (to conserve predators, pathogens and over-wintering parasitoids) can be recommended to farmers as a strategy to actively enhance natural enemy populations and thereby improve biocontrol of economically-important pests of winter oilseed rape and decrease environmental impact and use less resources.

Technical Guidelines on the IPM Strategy have been produced for end-users in the agricultural industry, the scientific community, the EU commission and other policy-makers and will be published in the IOBC Bulletin 'Integrated Control in Oilseed Crops'.

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Rothamsted Research
Rothamsted Research, Hertfordshire
AL52JQ Harpenden
United Kingdom
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