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A unique opportunity to share scientific, technical and regulatory information with the objective to promote knowledge exchange among scientists, companies, farmers, advisors, policy makers and stakeholders, to identify approaches, tools and techniques to meet the future needs of European crop protection. 

CONTACTS: futureipm3.0@fmach.it

FiereCongressi Spa - Parco Lido, Riva del Garda - Italy

Topics addressed in the plenary and parallel sessions

FUTURE IPM

  • STATE OF THE ART OF IPM AND CASE STUDIES
  • NOVEL TOOLS AND NEW CHALLENGES FOR IPM
  • THE CONTRIBUTION OF PLANT RESISTANCE INDUCERS TO AN EFFECTIVE IPM
  • SUSTAINABLE CROP MANAGEMENT TO PRESERVE SOIL BIOLOGICAL QUALITY AND HEALTH

DESIGN

  • ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS
  • MODELLING, DESIGN APPROACHES AND INDICATORS
  • MONITORING, FORECASTING AND DECISION SUPPORT

TOOLS

  • EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
  • BIOCONTROL AND BIOPESTICIDES
  • SEMIOCHEMICALS AND OTHER NON CHEMICAL ALTERNATIVES
  • BREEDING FOR RESISTANCE
  • INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVES

MECHANISMS

  • MODE OF ACTIONS OF BIOPESTICIDES AND BIOSTIMULANTS
  • INTERACTIONS IN THE AGRO-ECOSYSTEM
  • MICROBIOMES AND PLANT HEALTH

STAKEHOLDERS

  • CURRENT REGULATION AND NATIONAL ACTION PLANS: STATE OF THE ART
  • CONSUMERS AND SOCIETY: PROBLEMS AND PERCEPTION OF RISK
  • EXTENSION SERVICES, ADVISORS, GROWERS AND CO-INNOVATION

   

Contributions from participants will be accepted for the following specific topics

CURRENT REGULATION AND NATIONAL ACTION PLANS
  • Updates and future steps in the EU regulation on IPM, organic production, pesticides and biopesticides registration and sustainable use of pesticides
  • National action plans: state of the art
  • IPM policy and implementation outside Europe

STATE OF THE ART ON IPM AND CASE STUDIES

  • Reduction of pesticides in sustainable agriculture: successful stories and case studies
  • Integration of sustainable tools in IPM to reduce the use of pesticides
  • Limits and problems encountered in reducing pesticides

ENVIROMENTAL ASPECTS

  • Experiences in pesticide reduction in different environments
  • Environmental effects of reducing pesticide use
  • Ecosystem services
  • Eco-toxicology of biopesticides

MODELLING TOOLS

  • Assessment models
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Economical models
  • Global sustainability models
  • Environmental, eco-toxicological models
  • Pest models and multi pest models (phenology, evolution, spatio-temporal dynamics at various scales including landscape)
  • Interaction models (crop-pest models, pest-enemies models, trophic chain models)
  • Agro-ecological models
  • Prediction of damages and losses
  • Optimisation, e.g. Dynamic programming, multi-objective optimization, etc.
  • Design tools based on models

DESIGN APPROACHES AND INDICATORS

  • IPM design for pesticide reduction and assessment methodology
  • Sustainability evaluation of IPM approaches
  • Pesticides risk indicators
  • Environmental risk indicators
  • Prototyping cropping system

MONITORING, FORECASTING AND DECISION SUPPORT

  • Ecology and population sampling for reducing pesticides
  • Monitoring pest and pathogens: insect and spore traps and other advanced measurement methods and monitoring tools
  • Monitoring for pesticides reduction for air, water and soil quality
  • Disease and pest forecasting
  • Identification of economic thresholds and acceptable pest/disease levels
  • Decision support systems to reduce pesticide use-and-risk
  • New technologies and communication media to support reduction of pesticides as geographic information systems, web-bases systems, smart phones, social networks, etc.

ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

  • Crop management to engineer pest suppressive fields (e.g. suppressive soils, biofumigation, inducible defense, etc.)
  • Habitat management strategies and mechanisms to promote pest regulation (e.g. margins, agro-forestry, impact on food-webs, push-pull strategies, attract and reward, etc.)
  • Managing biodiversity to reduce pesticide use (functional and genetic diversity of crops, biodiversity–function relationships, habitat complexity, etc.)
  • Engineering landscapes (landscape ecology of pests and beneficial species, area-wide IPM)

EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

  • Application techniques to reduce drift and contamination
  • Setting buffer and safeguard zones
  • Application techniques to reduce energy consumption and carbon emission
  • Precision agriculture approaches within IPM
  • Inspection of equipment

BIOCONTROL

  • Invertebrate biological control agents, or macrobials
  • Biological control: Approaches and application to reduce pesticide use
  • Protection of natural biological processes as beneficial insects and mites
  • Mechanism of action and signaling in biocontrol
  • Sterile insect release and other genetic control strategies

BIOPESTICIDES

  • Microbial biopesticides: bacteria, algae, protozoa, viruses and fungi
  • Biopesticides derived from microorganisms ‘metabolites
  • Botanicals
  • Pesticides form other natural origins
  • Effect of environment on efficacy of biopesticides
  • Interaction between plants and beneficial microorganisms

INDUCED RESISTANCE

  • Microbial and non-microbial induced resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses and plant growth promotion
  • Plant defense signals induced against pathogens and insects
  • Ecology of  priming and induced resistance
  • Induced resistance under field conditions and in integrated pest management
  • Plant resistance mediated by volatile organic compounds 

SOIL BIOLOGICAL QUALITY AND HEALTH

  • Multitrophic interactions in soil
  • Agronomic practices to preserve soil quality and health
  • Soil and rhizosphere microbiome

SEMIOCHEMICALS

  • Semio-chemicals, allelochemicals, pheromones
  • Pheromone mating disruption, monitoring, mass trapping
  • Innovative mating disruption techniques

OTHER NON CHEMICAL ALTERNATIVES

  • Preventive cultural practices to reduce pesticide: selection of varieties, cultural techniques as crop sanitation, crop rotation, vegetation management, role of plant nutrition, etc.
  • Mechanical control methods: from classical approaches to innovative methods

BREEDING

  • Host plant resistance
  • Breeding for resistance
  • Integration of resistant varieties in IPM to reduce pesticide use
  • Cis-genic plants: open discussion on social acceptability

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVES

  • Opportunities and challenges for the private sector on tools to reduce pesticide use
  • Mass production, formulation methods delivery strategies and risk assessment of biopestidicides and other alternative tools
  • Registration and commercialization of biopesticides, invertebrate biocontrol agents and other alternative tools
  • New frontiers for biopesticides and alternative control tools
  • Marketing of alternative tools in IPM (alternative products in retail stores, eco-labeling, food industry, branding, view of pest management industry)
  • The role of technology in developing alternative to pesticides in sustainable agriculture

SOCIETY

  • Reduction of pesticides and future challenges (bio-economy, global food shortages, sustainable development, international cooperation, landscape level and area-wide IPM, education in IPM)
  • Reduction of pesticides in communities (schools, child care facilities, gardens, green buildings)
  • Public health risks associated with pesticides and natural toxins in foods
  • Consumer perception of pesticide risk
  • “Zero residue” food
  • Urban and stored product
  • Measures to inform general public and to promote awareness-raising programmers

EXTENSION SERVICES, ADVISORS, GROWERS

  • Role of the private consultant in implementation of strategies to reduce pesticide use in IPM
  • Schemes for implementing new alternative tools in IPM
  • Web-site, publishers and other actors involved in dissemination of new approaches and solution
  • Communication with growers: case studies and success stories
  • Training
  • Co-innovation and participatory approaches

PROSPECTIVE AND FUTURE CHALLENGES

  • Impact of climate change
  • IPM of invasive pest and pathogens
  • IPM of outbreaks of unexpected existing pests and pathogens