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DAFM National Call 2014 14 S 879 Teagasc (UCD, NUIM) € 763,015

Project Title:

Establishing a platform for IPM in Irish Crops

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Michael Gaffney

Project Abstract

As part of the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (2009/128/EC) EU member states are obliged to develop National Action Plans (NAP) to reduce the impact pesticides have on human and environmental health. Within each NAP the encouragement and introduction of Integrated Pest Management as means of reducing the dependency of the different cropping systems on such pesticides is essential. However the capacity of each cropping system to reduce pesticide input through the adoption of IPM is dependent on the specific pest targeted and their interactions with the different crops and their environment. As Irish climatic conditions can exacerbate such pest problems it is strategically important to evaluate IPM strategies adopted in climatically similar regions for their efficacy in Irish cropping situations. The proposed project, EPIC (Establishing a Platform for the IPM in Irish Crops) seeks to address these issues. To achieve these goals EPIC will a) establish through detailed surveys the potential for / or limitations of IPM within Irish tillage and horticultural crops b) use specific case-studies the determine the potential for current forecasting or risk based IPM strategies c) disseminate best practise to farm level through various mediums, including the production of crop specific IPM best practise guides.

Final Report:

Not available yet.