EMPHASIS adopts the internationally agreed "three-stage hierarchical approach" advocated by the Convention on Biological Diversity, with support measures based on the identification of challenges and prioritisation of objectives, namely: prevention, early detection and eradication, and control and long-term containment.
The project activities are structured into six work packages (WPs):
WP1 - PLANT HEALTH CHALLENGES AND EVALUATION.
To establish a learning platform to obtain inputs from stakeholders making pest management decisions based on their needs, experiences and expectations.
WP2 - PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR SURVEILLANCE AND MONITORING.
To develop targeted methods that can be used to improve the monitoring of pathogens and pests; to develop non-targeted methods for detection and surveillance of the unknown.
WP3 - PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS FOR PROTECTION, MANAGEMENT AND ERADICATION.
To identify new macro- and microbiological agents; to find new resistance sources to improve durability of resistant plant varieties; to improve current cultural practice; to increase environmental resistance to pest population; and to improve chemical control sustainability.
WP4 - OPEN-ENDED MULTI-ACTOR ACTIVITIES: ON-FARM VALIDATION AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT.
To develop a shared understanding among researchers and to translate strategic research results into practical IPM solutions.
WP5 - DISSEMINATION AND TRAINING.
To ensure the effective and efficient spread of EMPHASIS outcomes to a wider public and to build up awareness and compliance with practical solutions for native and alien pests affecting plants.
WP6 - MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING.
To coordinate, monitor and structure research activities by facilitating cooperation within and among the WPs, thus ensuring dynamic and efficient governance of the project.
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The “EMPHASIS’ Science with Farmers: call for early adopters” is an initiative in the frame of EU H2020 project EMPHASIS, it will give the opportunity to farmers and professionals working with them, all around Europe to learn about practical, innovative and experimental solutions developed by EMPHASIS.