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Reduction of available pesticides in the spotlight when potato specialists gather for EAPR meeting

The European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) Pathology and Pests Section Meeting 2019 will take place next week the 2nd to the 5th of September 2019 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

The EAPR says on the Symposium website that ‘reducing pesticide use while preserving potato productivity and profitability’ will be an important focus of several presentations during the meeting.

It is stated on the website that control of potato pests and diseases in Europe is becoming increasingly difficult due to the reduction of available pesticides. This provides a challenge for the research community to find innovative strategies for controlling pests and diseases in future.

Control methods are required with reduced pesticide applications or novel bio-pesticides, designed for low impacts on human health and the environment.

Several invited speakers will present on these important topics from various perspectives during the Symposium in Switzerland.

In addition, and as usual for the EAPR Pathology and Pests Section Meeting, many researchers working on topics related to potato pest and diseases will also present on their work.

The program at a glance as well as a detailed programme with presentation topics can be downloaded and viewed in pdf format on the Symposium website on this page. The detailed programme can also be downloaded directly from Potato News Today by clicking here.

The International Spongospora Workshop will also be held during the Symposium. Coordinators for the Workshop is Ueli Merz and Richard Falloon.

For further information, visit the Symposium website here

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