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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“Integrated control of pests and diseases in arable and horticultural crops”
EMPHASIS Summer school - 10-14 July 2017 - NIAB, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0LE, UK
"New approaches to managing cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape"
UK's National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) - 26rd April 2017 (15:00 CET).