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pcgroenteteelt opens its doors for the IUPAC participants

On the occasion of the IUPAC Congress, pcgroenteelt opens its doors for the field excursion on Wednesday May 22, 2019.
Founded in 1977, PCG has been one of Flanders's fastest growing centres for applied research and extension services in vegetable production. PCG, an institution financed by the Flemish government and private institutions, carries out applied research on vegetables (field trials as well as sensory analysis) and provides growers with advice and a wide range of services of their interest, in accordance with economic and social developments.

From student award to crop protection expert

Ever heard of the butterfly effect or how a small seed can turn into an inspirational personal story? We sat down with Ghent University professor Pieter Spanoghe and traced back the steps that led him to his current path as crop protection expert and chair of the 14th IUPAC Conference on Crop Protection Chemistry. A story about how a fascination for antique farm tools resulted in winning a European Student Award trip to Basel and the realization of two dreams

The rise of alternatives to crop protection chemistry

How to implement mechanised or biological weed control in agriculture? How to gradually use biological stress as a crop protection strategy? Last week, at the 70th edition of the International Symposium on Crop Protection (ISCP) at Ghent University, these questions were addressed during some inspiring plenary talks. This annual event is an ideal opportunity to meet over 400 international experts in crop protection and to discuss the latest innovations in the crop protection field.

Biosystems @ KU Leuven is opening its doors for the field excursion

KU Leuven is a university with international appeal, ranking among the best 50 universities worldwide with a strong focus on innovation. At the department of Biosystems, different groups of the divisions of Crop Biotechnics and Mechantronics and Sensors perform R&D towards sustainable solutions for producing and supplying healthy agrofood to the consumer.

Visit a major partner of the UV-ROBOT project - PSKW

A field trip to a major partner of the INTERREG project 'UV-ROBOT'. This project will revolutionize IPM strategies for greenhouse crops. Research has shown that UV-C light can effectively control powdery mildew in strawberry and other crops and acts as a sustainable alternative to some crop protection products. The project’s aim is to develop a fully autonomous vehicle to fight mildew with UV-C in strawberry, tomato, cucumber, lettuce and basil.

Seed treatment with neonicotinoids has the least effect on pollinators

Seed treatment is a widespread and effective way to control diseases and plagues. However, the use of neonicotinoids in crop protection is strongly associated with the decrease of bees and other pollinators. That is why Europe has strict limits on its use. To check if seed treatment exerts the same pressure on pollinators, a study was conducted by professor Pieter Spanoghe at Ghent University (UGent). Results show that the examined substances are not found in the flowers of the crop, nor in the beeswax or the beebread.

Inagro welcomes IUPAC participants for the field excursion

Inagro is a research and knowledge center in agriculture and horticulture in the heart of the province of West Flanders in Belgium. Inagro represents more than 60 years of experience in agricultural research and farmer advice, 205 specialized staff members, 170 demonstration and information activities, 410 field trials and over 60.000 laboratory analyses per annum.

A new field excursion - PCS Ornamental Plant Research

PCS Ornamental Plant Research confirmed us for a field excursion on their site in Destelbergen. PCS is the tree nursery, floriculture & landscaping sector’s independent knowledge centre in Flanders. Our research, information and services focus on issues and problems in the tree nursery, floriculture and landscaping industry and are aimed at encouraging innovation among growers and landscapers.

Exposure to indoor insecticide sprays is much larger than via residues on food

Around 800 tons of household products to fight against insects are sold in Belgium every year. However, it appears that the indoor use of these insecticides could be more harmful for your health than initially thought. Commissioned by the Superior Health Council, professor Pieter Spanoghe of Ghent University (UGent) and some other experts investigated this matter.

The first field excursion is a fact - pcfruit!

On Tuesday May 22th 2019, the delegates will have the possibility to register for a field excursion, combined with a site visit nearby. We can already announce you the first destination: pcfruit npo, recognized as center of excellence in fruit research.

Regulatory joins science at IUPAC 2019

We are pleased to announce that the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) 2019 Regulatory Conference will be organized in cooperation with IUPAC 2019. "We need to work together and return to a scientific facts-based discussion. R&D and regulation are two sides of the same coin" - Jean-Philippe Azoulay, Director General of ECPA

Severe procedures ensure safe crop protection products

‘Pesticides eradicate our bees’, ‘Glyphosate is carcinogenic’ and ‘Toxic pesticides cocktail is present on our fruit’. These are only a few of the blunt headlines concerning crop protection products. Is it rightful to fear these products or are they not as bad as people seem to think? Prof. Pieter Spanoghe from Ghent University and Maarten Trybou from the Federal Department of Public Health in Belgium give some guidance.

Some fact-based perspective on the influence of Monsanto on regulation

Global agrochemical player Monsanto tampered with some research studies that had to proof the safety of the herbicide Roundup containing glyphosate. According to professor Pieter Spanoghe from Ghent University, the company only had a small influence on the final authorisation. More general education and transparent communication on the regulatory process of crop protection products would benefit everybody. That is why education is also the theme of a global crop protection conference he is organizing in 2019.

Education on crop protection is key for a more sustainable future

The International Symposium on Crop Protection (ISCP) at Ghent University yearly focuses on the latest innovations in crop protection. For the 69th edition many international universities and some industrial partners, like Eastman, Clariant & Bayer, were present to share their vision on the future of crop protection. All agreed that new technologies and further research on crop protection are crucial to obtain a more sustainable agriculture.