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. 


FiereCongressi Spa - Parco Lido, Riva del Garda - Italy

Program | Future IPM 3.0 towards a sustainable agriculture

 Key note lectures on key IPM topics*



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Tuesday 17 October, 2017


08:00 08:30 Registration

08:30 08:40 Opening and chair of the sessions
                    Ilaria Pertot, IOBC/FEM, Italy

08:40 09:00 OECD Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for  
                    Sustainable Agricultural Systems
                    Gary Fitt, OECD

Session: Policies and trends in sustainable integrated management in agriculture and organic production

09:00 09:30 Integrated pest management concepts and implementation: state of the art and 
                    opportunities for the future
                    Carlo Malavolta, Regione Emilia-Romagna, Italy
09:30 10:00 Alternatives to contentious inputs in organic farming: regulatory and technical issues
                    Lucius Tamm, FIBL, Switzerland
10:00 10:30 The importance of networking among stakeholders and cross-sector contamination for 
                    sustainable crop protection
                    Sylvia Blümel, AEGES, Austria
10:30 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 11:30 Sustainable biological and technical approaches in plant protection: overview of the 
                    market and a critical discussion on the present regulations 
                    David Cary, IBMA, Belgium
11:30 12:00 The fresh fruit and vegetable sector from a sustainable supply chain perspective 
                    Helene Deruwe, Freshfel, Belgium
12:00 12:30 Discussion (chaired by Ilaria Pertot)

12:30   13:30  Lunch

Session: Tools and innovation in crop protection and production

13:30 14:00 The challenge of developing microbial biocontrol products for disease control
                    Jürgen Köhl, WUR, The Netherlands
14:00 14:30 Biocontrol with beneficials insects and new perspectives in insect biocontrol
                    Felix Wackers, Biobest, Belgium
14:30 15:00 Sustainable weed management, what’s next after glyphosate?
                    Micheal D.K. Owen, IOWA state University, USA
15:00 15:30 Sensors, drones and precision agriculture for sustainable production
                    Rino Goller and Maurizio Barazzuol, Metacortex, Italy
15:30 16:00 Unearthing plant-beneficial traits of the root microbiome for sustainable 
                    crop protection  
                    Corné Pieterse, Utrecht university, The Netherlands
16:00 16:30 Discussion (chaired by Ilaria Pertot) 
16:30 17:00 Coffee break

Session: Sustainable integrated production in agriculture: the challenges

17:00 17:30 Landscape management and preservation of biodiversity
                    John M. Holland, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK
17:30 18:00 Sustainable production faces the challenge of invasive species
                    Max Suckling, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research, New Zealand
18:00 18:30 General discussion and conclusion
18:30 19:00 Summary of conclusions chaired by a professional Journalist

19:00 - 22:00 Aperidinner

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