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Working With Nature in Arable Crops

6th SUD Symposium; Integrated Pest Management

Wednesday 31st January, 2018

Live webstream from European Parliament, Brussels - RECORDING

RegenAg UK is delighted to act as the UK host for the live webstreaming of this conference, in collaboration with our colleagues at PAN-Europe.




(Times per UK; Brussels time = +1)

  • 13:00–14:00 Coffee and Cake
  • 14:00–14:20 Welcome by our host Pavel Poc MEP, Vice Chair of the ENVI Committee. Introduction by Michael Hamell, Professor of Agriculture, University College Dublin (chair and moderator)
  • 14:20–15:30 The arable sector in EU — where are we heading?
    - Soil threats in Europe: Status, methods, drivers and effects on ecosystem services by Luca Montanarella JRC
    - How pesticides are affecting earthworms by Celine Pelosi INRA
    - Versailles and soil bacteriaand fungi by Fabrice Martin-Laurent INRA
    - Debate: with speakers and Éric Andrieu tbc., Nicola Caputo, Marco Zullo tbc, and Annie Schreijer-Pierik tbc
  • 15:30–16:40 Debate: mainstreaming IPM in arable — what can it achieve now?
    - Cereal farmer from France Jean-Bernard Lozier
    - Durum wheat producer in Basilicata and member of Cia-Agricoltori Italiani Leonardo Moscaritolo
    5 minute reactions from
    - Evert Hamblok Koppert; Pseudomonas product as the first successful microorganism based product widely used in arable crop
    - Elisa Beitzen-Heineke; Biocare for controlling insects pests with drones
    - Paolo Barberi Sant’Anna University Pisa for integrated weed control based on rotations and mechanical control
  • 16:40–17:50 Debate: integrating IPM fully into EU policy making and practices
    Tassos Haniotis, Director European Commission DG AGRI
    Paola Colombo, Director European Commission DG SANTE
    Debate: with speakers and MEPs (Jytte Guteland, Karin Kadenbach, Bart Staes tbc.)
  • 17:50 Conclusion by Michael Hamell and Pavel Poc
  • 18:00 End of conference

Who are the organisers?

An innovative partnership consisting of:
  • International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC/WPRS) is an International Organisation of progressive European researchers and other knowledgeable people investigating the use of sustainable, environmentally safe, economically feasible, socially acceptable control methods of pests and diseases of agricultural crops. IOBC/WPRS fosters research and practical application, training and information exchange, especially of all methods including biological control as part of integrated pest management. IOBC/WPRS produces guidelines for integrated production of agricultural crops, collaborates with different stakeholders to develop sustainable agricultural production systems and standardises methods of testing effects of pesticides on beneficial species, with the aim to foster biodiversity and ecological services as a natural resource.
  • International Biocontrol Manufacturer Association (IBMA) is the association of biocontrol industries producing solutions: microorganisms, macroorganisms, semiochemicals and natural products for plant protection. Based on long years of intensive research and development, the "Biocontrol industry" is now growing fast and can offer safe and cost- effective solutions to the entire food chain. IBMA was created in 1995 to represent the views of the developing biological control manufacturers, which are mainly SME’s with limited resources, research organisations, extension services, consultants, distributors, contributing to the development of biocontrol and participating in IBMA activities.
  • Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) is a Brussels based NGO working to minimise negative effects and replace the use of hazardous chemicals with ecologically sound alternatives. Our network brings together public health, andenvironmental organisations and women's groups from across Europe. We work to eliminate dependency on chemical pesticides and to support safe sustainable pest control methods.