Share and discuss about keeping plants healthy in organic systems at the 4th European Conference on Copper in Plant Protection 14-15 November 2019, Berlin, Germany

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 in 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.

Have a look at the conference programme! IFOAM EU’s Policy Coordinator Isabella Lang will present the recently finalised policy briefing on the organic approach towards inputs, developed in the course of the RELACS project.

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 its 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.

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

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