Crop Protection Programme
The Crop Protection research programme is multidisciplinary and involves research in nematology, plant pathology and entomology.
The programme addresses research needs on a number of levels from basic research through to highly applied research. Overall, the research programme is aimed at ensuring sustainability of the industry with respect to pest management.
Current research addresses a number of themes; these include:
Various other aspects such as taxonomy are also addressed.
As with the other industry research, the prioritisation and selection of research projects is determined by the Crop Protection Technical Advisory Committee and assessed by the Entomology and Pathology Peer Work Groups. The Integrated Pest Management group is also influential in overall research direction and it allows for current crop protection related issues to be addressed. The current challenges in crop protection research are many but phytosanitary issues and invasive pests are regarded as critical.
Matthew Addison, Crop Protection programme manager