Research Groups

Disease Research Group

The Disease Research Group will liaise with the Consortium and industry to identify current and pre-commercial fungicides and bio-fungicides and assess their potential for use on important crop protection priorities across four edible sectors (field vegetables, protected edibles, soft fruit and top fruit).

Initially the group will do efficacy tests on key crop protection priorities to identify those products that are both effective and crop-safe. This will largely be done in replicated, small-plot experiments in glasshouses or tunnels. In many of the experiments plants will be inoculated with the target fungus and the environment manipulated to ensure a good disease challenge. A current grower standard treatment will be included. Subsequently we will design IPM programmes incorporating the new fungicides and bio-fungicides found to be effective and crop-safe, and then test them under near commercial conditions.

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SCEPTRE disease group mtg 28 Feb 13 Summary Minutes

SCEPTRE disease 25 Sep 12 Summary minutes (16 oct)

SCEPTRE disease summary report 8 Dec 2011

Minutes of the disease research group meeting on 28 September 2011

RMG minutes 16th Dec 2010

 

Pest Research Group

The Pest Research Group will liaise with the Consortium and industry to identify current and pre-commercial pesticides and bio-pesticides and assess their potential for use on important crop protection priorities across three edible sectors (field vegetables, protected edibles and soft fruit).

Initially the group will do efficacy tests on key crop protection priorities to identify those products that are both effective and crop-safe. This will largely be done in replicated, small-plot experiments in glasshouses, tunnels and the field.  Conditions will be chosen to encourage natural pest infestation and in some experiments specific pests will be introduced.  Subsequently we will design IPM programmes incorporating the new pesticides and bio-pesticides (ie microbial and plant extracts) found to be effective and crop-safe, and then test them under near commercial conditions. Although the group is not working on the development of novel biological control agents, where appropriate they will be included in the IPM programmes tested.

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Minutes of the pest research group meeting on 21 September 2011

Raspberry Aphid – Project Update 2011

RMG meeting minutes 16 Dec 2010

 

Weeds Research Group

The Weed Research Group will liaise with the Consortium and industry to identify current and pre-commercial herbicides and bio-herbicides and assess their potential for use on important crop protection priorities across two edible sectors (field vegetables and soft fruit).

The weeds work will focus on screening herbicides for efficacy and crop safety, including, in Year 1, residue data generation to support SOLA applications. Most of the work will be done in the field. A wide range of salad crop species will be used in herbicide crop safety tests.  The number of new herbicides developed in recent years has been limited and work will therefore also be done on herbicide mixtures, improved targeting of herbicide application, and non-herbicide methods of weed control.  The latter will include work on weed seed germination enhancers and electrical weed control.

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SCEPTRE Weeds 070912 Summarised Minutes Final 18 Sept 12

SCEPTRE weed summary report 2 Dec 2011

Minutes of the weed research group meeting on 6 October 2011

Weed Control in Vegetable Crops – Project Update August 2011

Electronic Weed Control – Project Update June 2011

RMG minutes 8 Dec 2010

 

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