Challenge

The European Farm to Fork policy (F2F) emphasizes on achieving food safety and security. However, consistently high yields rely on the widespread use of chemical pesticides, which need to be reduced because of their detrimental impacts on the environment and human health.

Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 identifies CfS, highlighting the importance for policymakers to replace specific active substances.*

This shift is challenging for the agrifood sector in the face of increasing pathogen and pest pressures in a changing environment.

Finding alternatives to traditional plant protection products (PPP) is especially challenging for row crops like potato or sugar beet, which face high pathogen pressure.

Biocontrol solutions have shown success in indoor and high-value crops, but achieving scale for row crops requires innovative strategies integrated into comprehensive pest management plans.

Considering their economic significance as sources for food, feed, and processed products, the SAGROPIA project aims to showcase effective integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for potato and sugar beet crops, offering sustainable alternatives to chemical PPPs.

 

* “Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 identifies CfS, highlighting the importance for policymakers to replace specific active substances.”

" ... SAGROPIA project aims to showcase effective integrated pest management strategies for potato and sugar beet crops, offering sustainable alternatives to chemical plant protection products."