Identify current and pre-commercial pesticides and biopesticides and assess their potential for use on key crop protection priorities in fruit and vegetable production in the UK to fill pesticide gaps and reduce overall use of synthetic pesticides.
- For disease and pest problems, design and deliver pesticide and biopesticide efficacy tests on key crop protection priorities in order to identify effective and crop-safe products for potential use in sustainable disease and pest IPM solutions.
- For disease and pest problems, design and test sustainable IPM programmes that incorporate pesticides and biopesticides identified in this project to fill pesticide gaps and reduce the use of synthetic pesticides.
- For weed problems, design and deliver herbicide screening tests with emphasis on crop tolerance, including residue studies in Year 1.
- For weed problems, design and test systems to reduce herbicide usage by more targeted application and/or other methods, and integrate these with current commercial practice.
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