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Webinar – ‘Late Blight: 175 years of experience. What have we learned? An update’

This webinar will be hosted by World Potato Congress Inc, and presented by Albert Schirring of Bayer AG on March 31, 2021 at 09:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

One hundred-seventy-five years after the devastating late blight outbreaks in Ireland, the disease still causes worldwide economic losses. Key lessons from the past provide the basis for an integrated approach to support small and large scale farmers around the world in controlling the disease to secure their income and sustain national food security.

Albert Schirring

During his presentation, Albert Schirring will discuss the key principles of robust late blight management strategies. It is based on the control of primary inoculum, the adoption of tolerant varieties with stacked resistance genes, the implementation of an optimized fungicide strategy according to crop growth stages in which optimal application timings are digital enabled.

Mr Schirring will also focus on the global population dynamics of the late blight pathogen to improve fungicide resistance management strategies, building on the outcomes of research networks in Europe (Euroblight), USA (USAblight), Latam (Tizon Latino) and APAC.

Overall there are exciting new outlooks for production concepts reducing the impact of Phytophthora on productivity to deliver on the UN sustainability goals to benefit all foods system participants.

The host for this webinar will be WPC Director, Dr. Nora Olsen ( To register in advance for this March 31, 2021 webinar at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (USA and Canada) go to:

Following your registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.

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Source: World Potato Congress Inc
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About the presenter:
Albert Schirring, born at Emmen (Netherlands), studied agronomy at the Agricultural High School in Groningen from 1977-1981. He finished the Wageningen University in 1989 and graduated on Plant Pathology majoring on fungicide resistance management and control strategies for soil born pathogens.

Schirring started his professional career in the crop protection industry in 1987 at Schering Aagrunol B.V. in the Netherlands heading the development department for horticultural and vegetable crops. In 1992 he moved into a marketing position for vegetable and horticultural crops in the AgrEvo organization.

From 1996-2000 he worked as crop manager for vegetable and horticultural crops in the region North West Europe representing the United Kingdom, Benelux, Germany and the Nordics. After the formation of Aventis in 1999, he moved to Global Marketing department in Lyon to assume a position as global product manager for potato and vegetable fungicides.

At the end of 2002 after the formation of Bayer Crop Science he assumed the position of team lead in fungicides for Potato & Vegetables. Since than, he held different positions related in that field including strategic business management of vegetables and potatoes.

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