EUCLID Newsletter 3 - March 2017

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Questionnaire for Consumers 

How familiar are you or your family and friends with IPM? What do you know about sustainable pest growing methods? What are your habits when purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables? Please fill in our on-line Questionnaire to support our survey research work, it takes just few minutes! Available in English, Italian, French, Spanish and Catalan.

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Identification of Demonstration sites 

As a first step towards the development and implementation of IPM Packages, demonstration sites for end-users field trials have been identified in France, Italy and Spain for each EUCLID crop namely grapevine, tomato and lettuce. Field-trials will be open to visitors and easy to contact.

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positive results to reduce pesticide residues in food 

Biofertilizers and biostimulants are now tested in Italy and France on tomato and grape against plant diseases, within experimental trials as part of EUCLID research work (WP1, WP2). Preliminary results are very positive and open new opportunities to reduce chemical fungicides and consequently pesticide residues in food.

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WEBINARS for FARMERS  

More than 600 Italian farmers registered to follow a series of 3 free webinars on on-farm composting and the use of compost for controlling soil-borne pathogens. The registered webinars are available at the YouTube channel of AgriNewTech, EUCLID partner that promoted the events.

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Two new articles on EUCLID research topics  

Two articles have been recently published in the framework of the EUCLID project.  The abstracts are available online.


 

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EUCLID and other DSS arising from “Beyond Compliance ” tools were presented by Imperial College London at the 9th Meeting of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Capacity Development Committee (Rome, 8-9 December 2016), and included in the meeting’s Report (rif. pg. 17). “Beyond Compliance” is an STDF supported project on an integrated systems approach for pest risk management in SE Asia (2011-2013).

  H2020 call SFS17 - 2017 on "Innovation in Plant Protection" received 57 applications for the first stage.  It represents the most successful topic (in terms of number of applications) for the whole Societal Challenge 2 (Agriculture) for 2017.