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Integrated pest management strategies incorporating bio-control for European oilseed rape pests *

Contract nr: QLRT-CT-2000-01447
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date:
Duration: 48 months
Total cost: 2,146,073 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,681,478 EUR
Scientific Officer:
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Plant Systems

Abstract:
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 phenological 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.

Objectives:
1. Determine identity, status and potential of bio-control for rape pests in Europe, to increase knowledge of their ecology and identify key factors affecting their efficacy.
2. Develop economically viable, environmentally acceptable IPM strategies for European rape that maximise bio-control of key pests and minimise pesticide use.
3. Determine the socio-economic feasibility, importance and economic efficiency of the Strategies in Europe, including gains in environmental quality and rural viability, and assess socio-economic factors influencing their adoption.
4. Construct a phenological model of key pests and their bio-control agents, relating occurrence on the crop to growth stage and climatic/weather conditions, for integration into existing decision support systems.
5. Produce technical guidelines for end-users on the IPM strategies.


Coordinator
Peter THOMAS
ROTHAMSTED EXPERIMENTAL STATION
Harpenden
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1582763133
Fax: +44 1582760981
E-mail: peter.thomas@bbsrc.ac.uk


Partners
  Tomas LUNDBORG
DEPT OF CROP SCIENCE CHRISTER NILSSON
Alnarp
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 40415569
Fax: +46 40415519
E-mail: Tomas.Lundborg@vv.slu.se
  Ellen FISCHER-KALLMANN
INSTITUT FUER PFLANZENPATHOLOGIE UND PFLANZENSCHUTZ
Goettingen
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 551393792
Fax: +49 551393797
E-mail: eubuero@uni-goettingen.de
  Raija SOLLAMO
University of Helsinki, department of applied zoology
Helsinki
FINLAND
Tel.: +358 91911
Fax: +358 919123077
E-mail: helena.meriluoto@helsinki.fi
  Tadeusz TRZISZKA
DEPARTMENT OF PLANT PROTECTION
Wroclaw
POLAND
Tel.: +48 713205253
Fax: +48 713284849
E-mail: trziszka@ozi.ar.wroc.pl
  Henn ELMET
INSTITUTE OF PLANT PROTECTION
Tartu
ESTONIA
Tel.: +372 7422066
Fax: +372 7422066
  Fred KLINGAUF
INSTITUT FUR PFLANZENSCHUTZ IN ACKERBAU UND GRUNLAND
Braunschweig
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 5312993200
Fax: +49 5312993001
E-mail: f.klingauf@bba.de