AMBER aims to identify practical ways for growers to improve the performance of biopesticides in their crop protection programmes.
The performance of biopesticides will be benchmarked on commercial nurseries.
Research will then be done to develop practices that optimise biopesticide performance, including improved spray applications; relating timing and frequency of application to biopesticide persistence and environmental conditions; compatibility with pesticides and natural enemies.
These will be tested on commercial nurseries for their ability to improve biopesticide performance.
The findings will then be extrapolated to a wider range of crops, pests and diseases.
AMBER is a five-year project and will be run by University of Warwick.
The AMBER project website has been created to keep growers updated with all the project news and to provide access to useful information about biopesticides. Visit bit.ly/AMBERproject.
As part of a four-part series in AHDB's The Grower magazine, we have been exploring the benefits of biopesticides and what growers need to consider when using biopesticides as part of their IPM.
As we leave the EU and regulations change, will biopesticides be the answer to successfully managing pests? Find out more about what biopesticides are and what role they play within IPM in the first-part of the series here.
As the use of biopesticides increase, it is important that biopesticides are not used as a simple like-for-like replacement for conventional chemical pesticides. Here we consider the different pros and cons of biopesticides and the factors to consider when developing your IPM strategy. Read part two of our series here.
From benchmarking trials carried out on commercial sites as part of the AMBER project, it became apparent that the topic of application practice was one of the areas of importance where there were information gaps, and that further work and knowledge exchange within industry was required. The third-part of the biopesticide series considers some of the key factors in application that can affect performance. Find out more here.
Warwick Crop Centre’s Dave Chandler answers some of your questions on all aspects of biopesticides, from usage to regulatory queries. Read the final part of the series here.