Integrated control of pests and diseases in arable and horticultural crops - EMPHASIS Summer School

July 10th, 2017 9:30 AM  
through   July 14th, 2017 4:00 PM
Council Room - NIAB HQ
Huntingdon Road
Cambridgeshire CB3 0LE
United Kingdom
Phone: 01223342444
Course fee (excl VAT) £ 50.00

EMPHASIS Summer School

 "Integrated control of pests and diseases in arable and horticultural crops"

NIAB, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0LE, UK from 10-14 July 2017

This course is ideal for postgraduate students and early stage industry entrants. The maximum delegate number will be 20. Registration closes on 19 May 2017.

The draft course outline is below. Speakers, timings and further details will be provided in due course. 

Monday 10th July

09.30 Registration and Introductions

  • EMPHASIS project outline 

  • Emerging diseases and pathotypes

  • Breeding for resistance and using resistant varieties

  • Pest and disease forecasting

Tuesday 11th July

  • Remote sensing for plant stress detection

  • Imaging methods

  • Fungicides in integrated control programmes

  • Biocontrol in horticultural crops

  • Cultural control approaches

Wednesday 12th July

  • Diagnostics in pest and disease management

  • Learning processes and uptake of new technologies

Thursday 13th July

  • Farm visit

  • Diagnostics (continued)

Friday 14th July

  • Integrated disease control – an agronomist’s view

Afternoon – course finishes

All teaching and materials on the course are free. A fee of £60  (including 20% VAT) per person will be charged for lunches and refreshments. Delegates will need to arrange and pay for their own accommodation and travel. A list of hotels is available from either Jane Thomas or Joss Milsom

The EMPHASIS project
EMPHASIS is a participatory research project addressing native and alien pest threats (insect pests, pathogens, weeds) for a range of both natural ecosystems and farming systems (field crops, protected crops, forestry, orchards and amenity plants).The overall goal is to ensure food security and the protection of biodiversity and of ecosystems services by developing integrated mechanisms of response measures and practical solutions.

Training in EMPHASIS 
Training and dissemination are key components of the EMPHASIS project. Workshops, webinars, demonstration days and summer schools are all being used to ensure project themes and results reach a wide audience. This first summer school will discuss project outputs to date but also include additional information on the approaches and systems used on farm to mitigate against pests and diseases. There will be sessions on fungicide and pesticide use, diagnostics and disease forecasting, biocontrol, cultural approaches and deployment of host crop resistance. Exploring the ways in which growers move to alternative or new pest and disease control methods, and the barriers they may face, will be the basis of a further session, reflecting the remit of EMPHASIS to engage the producer community and promote translation of research outputs into practical methods. The week long course is aimed at postgraduate students and early stage industry entrants, and there will be some "hands-on" practical classes as well as talks and a farm visit.


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