Welcome to the Department of Ecological Plant Protection

Crop protection in organic farming

The scientific interest of the group directed by Prof. Dr. Maria R. Finckh since 1999 lies in applied research topics addressing the specific crop protection needs in organic agriculture. Main focus is the development of preventative control strategies to enhance and to improve crop health, as well as their implementation in modern organic production schemes. The interdisciplinary work covers the three crop protection sectors - plant diseases, arthropod pests and weeds.

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Various national and international projects aim at exploiting the benefits of species mixtures to design productive, diversified, resilient and environmentally friendly agro-ecological cropping systems less dependent on external inputs than current systems and acceptable to farmers and actors in the agri-food chain. Inter- or intra-species diversity can enhance water and nutrient use efficiency and improve the control of pests, diseases and weeds, while increasing crop productivity and resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses, including those triggered by climate change. Species mixtures can lead to reduced use of fossil energy and chemical inputs and enhance production of ecosystem services. This symposium will discuss breeding and management strategies for diversification both in conventional and organic agriculture in arable or forage crops or agroforestry. This symposium will be organised by EUCARPIA Section Organic & Low-input Agriculture, ECO-PB, DIVERSify, INSUSFAR, HealthyMinorCereals, LIVESEED, ReMIX and Wheatamix projects..

Registration for Symposium ended on 04.02.2018

Final Symposium Program and Information for presenting authors

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