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International Conference on “Future Integrated Pest Management”

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The largest international event on “sustainable crop production and protection”
15-20 October 2017, PalaCongressi Riva del Garda – Italy

The main challenges for agriculture worldwide are sustainable production and the reduction of risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment. These challenges can be met through integrated pest management (IPM) and the use of alternative approaches and techniques.

All stakeholders, including citizens, are expecting production systems to become more sustainable, while supplying healthier and safer food and protecting the environment and its biodiversity.

Research on low-risk substances and bio-pesticides as well as on other nonchemical alternatives is progressing rapidly and farmers will have increased access to innovative tools in plant protection and production.

The main objective is to promote knowledge exchange among scientists, companies, advisors, farmers, policy makers and stakeholders, to identify approaches, tools and techniques to meet the future needs of crop protection.

Future IPM 3.0 will offer the most advanced scientific and technical knowledge for advisors and growers, a unique opportunity for companies to present their innovation in IPM and to see the most recent scientific advances to further improve their products’ portfolio. The conference will be also a stimulating arena for scientists to present their most advanced discoveries.

The international conference on “Future Integrated Pest Management” will be not a mere scientific congress, but it will combine a list of events to share scientific, technical and market knowledge on the major pillars of sustainable crop production.

The plenary session ‘FutureIPM 3.0 towards a sustainable agriculture’ will gather the most renowned experts worldwide on three relevant subjects: the role of policies and trends in sustainable integrated management in agriculture, the most advanced tools and innovation in crop protection and production, and the challenges that sustainable integrated production in agriculture will face and how to address them.

Parallel workshops will focus on three hot topics of IPM: (i) Induced resistance in plants: the contribution of science to an effective field application, (ii) Novel tools and new challenges for IPM in viticulture, (iii) Preserving soil quality and health for the future generations

The conference Future IPM 3.0 will be organized within the frame of the IOBC/WPRS General Assembly and by three working groups (Induced resistance in plants against insects and diseases, Integrated protection in viticultureMultitrophic interactions in soil) of the International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control (IOBC/WPRS).

The week of events will be open by a technical conference (in Italian) presenting the most recent innovations for growers (biopesticides and pheromones, biocontrol and beneficial arthropods, agronomic practices, physical and technical solutions to prevent and control pest and pathogens, equipment and technologies, resistant and tolerant varieties, ICT to support a sustainable use of pesticides, web services, apps, decision support systems, digital solutions, etc.) organized in collaboration with companies and advisors.

A BtoB event, an exhibition and several cultural events will complete the program. The delegates will enjoy the local food and the beauty of Garda Lake, with its colorful autumn landscape.

This conference is sponsored by the OECD Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems.

International Organization for Biological and Integrated control (IOBC/WPRS), Fondazione Edmund Mach, Laimburg Research Centre, International Biocontrol Manifacturers’ Association (IBMA), in collaboration with Mediterranean Phytopathological Union (MPU), University of Trento, Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, University of Innsbruck, University of Padova, Italian Association for Plant Protection, Società Italiana di Patologia Vegetale, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, Giornate Fitopatologiche, Società Entomologica Italiana, Società Italiana di Nematologia, Hub Innovazione Trentino, under the patronage of Euregio Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino, Landwirtschaftliches Schulwesen | Land Tirol, Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano, Autonomous Province of Trento.