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Launching new projects

Mobilising natural regulation, monitoring, diagnosis and predicting risks for crop health: these were the themes of INRA’s SMaCH metaprogramme’s 2014 call for projects. The six projects selected and two theses on the issue were unveiled at a seminar held on December 17 and 18, 2014, in Paris, France.

PUNAISE DIABOLIQUE ( Halyomorpha halys ), RAVAGEUR polyphage des cultures . Détecté en Suisse en 2007, en France en 2012. Une application smartphone est développée dans le cadre du programme Agiir pour une surveillance citoyenne.. © INRA, Jean-Claude Streito
By Sylvie Colleu
Updated on 07/08/2015
Published on 12/19/2014

The sustainability of crop protection and reduced dependence on pesticides requires the development of a new paradigm based on mobilising natural regulation and on surveillance and risk management. Prevention is better than cure...
In order to expand integrative and preventive approaches to crop health, upstream of curative actions, INRA launched in 2014 a call for specific projects as part of its SMaCH metaprogramme.
Six projects, called Reaction, Fladorisk, Gargamel, Copairnic, Lycovitis and Geek, were selected. They revolve around two approaches. Firstly, a better understanding of the services provided by biodiversity in terms of pest regulation and the capacity to contain pest outbreaks. And secondly, enriching and mobilising knowledge in terms of observation, monitoring, diagnosis, prevention and risk management.
The launch seminar, on December 17 and 18 in Paris, revealed that these six projects, alongside two theses, are mobilising a multidisciplinary scientific community.
> To see more: Information Letter No. 4