Contribute to the 4th European Conference on Copper in Plant Protection

In 2018, the European Commission renewed the approved of the natural substance copper as an active substance in plant protection products for a period of seven years. Due to concerns of the potential negative effects of copper fungicides on soil and water organisms, the EU authorities reduced the maximum applicable dose of copper from 6 kg to 4 kg per hectare per year.

Copper has unique properties and it remains essential for organic and integrated farmers to combat fungal diseases. Yet, the negative aspects of copper need ambitious efforts to minimise copper use. In most arable crops, farmers can regulate diseases and pests with clever crop rotation systems.

Growing permanent crops like apples, wine and/or hops without relying on synthetic pesticides presents a bigger challenge. Coherent strategies including the enhancement of functional biodiversity, selection of robust varieties and the application of natural substances against pests and diseases can keep plants healthy.

Sharing and discussing innovative ways are crucial to keep plants healthy in organic and integrated plant protection systems. Identifying research and farm management options to further reduce the use of copper are just as important. This is why IFOAM EU, BÖLW and the Julius Kühn-Institut invite you to take part to the European Conference on Copper in Plant Protection on 14-15 November. The Conference takes place at the Julius Kühn-Institut, Königin-Louise-Str. 19, 14195 Berlin, Germany.

Are you working on copper in the context of plant protection? Contribute to the conference programme! We are inviting farmers and growers, scientists, regulators, agricultural advisers and others to submit their English contributions. Contribute to our programme with an oral or poster presentation by mailing the title of your presentation to mering [at] boelw.de by 31 August 2019.

A preliminary programme and more information will be online by mid-September. Save the date in your calendar! Remember to also save the morning of 14 November for a pre-event, looking at the future development of plant health strategies beyond copper in organic farming.

For more information and registration visit BÖLW’s website
We are looking forward to seeing you in Berlin!

 

The event is part of the project "At eye level: knowledge transfer between research and practice in organic and sustainable agriculture and the food sector" (2015-2019), funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag within the framework of the Federal Scheme for Organic Agriculture and Other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture. You can find out more about the project at www.boelw.de/wissenstransfer.

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