WG meeting 2016 in Tartu, Estonia

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This meeting was held 7-9th - September 2016 at the Estonian University of Life Sciences in Tartu, Estonia. Eve Veromann and her colleagues were the local organizers and did a wonderful job. Thank you very much on behalf of all the group for your hard work! Sponsorship was kindly provided by the Estonian University of Plant Sciences and the Estonian Society of Plant Protection. Also, Eesti Loodusfoto Publishers provided wonderful books on Estonian conservation areas for all speakers which were highly appreciated by everyone!.

Dr. Eve Veromann, local organizer

The head of the local organizing team: Dr. Eve Veromann

This was our biggest meeting ever and we consider it one of our most successful! In total 60 participants from 10 European countries attended the meeting. Participants originated from Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Altogether there were 57 presentations (42 oral & 15 posters) given during the three days of our meeting. There was lots of time in both sessions for discussion and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere stimulated intense scientific exchange... with two emerging ideas for EU proposals!
We had two General sessions and concurrent Entomology and Pathology sessions. Of the General sessions, one discussed insect-mediated disease and the possibility of using Arabidopsis for model system for OSR research and the other focussed on the prospects for entomopathogenic fungi in bio-control of OSR Pests.

The Entomology subsection had 4 sessions.

In Session 1 (chairs: Sam Cook & Michael Eickermann) we discussed insecticide efficacy, side effects and new alternatives (e.g. development of RNAi approaches). Efficacy of insecticides against oilseed rape pests across Europe continues to be reduced via resistance: Myzus persicae, pollen beetle, cabbage seed weevil, cabbage stem flea beetle and rape winter stem weevils are now affected. Effects on non-targets - especially biocontrol agents - also requires careful monitoring, and it appears that some insecticides and application techniques (e.g. dropleg) have less damaging effects than others on beneficials - offering possibilities for IPM.

In Session 2 (chair Eve Veromann) we discussed work to improve decision support for IPM: helping farmers to treat crops only when necessary by on-line tools to improve the accuracy of timing crop monitoring and models and tools to help predict whether or pest abundance will reach threshold.

In session 3 (chair Bernd Ulber) we had presentations on delivering effective control of OSR pests via natural enemies. Natural pest control services were valued highly by a panel of experts and it was found that nitrogen fertilization can affect parasitism rate, as can the proximity of OSR fields to grasslands.

In Session 4 (chair: Udo Heimbach) we heard about advances towards breeding for resistance to insect pests. Work is progressing to identify genotypes and traits of tolerance/resistance to pollen beetles, cabbage stem flea beetle cabbage root fly. Development of effective screening methods is the first barrier to overcome but there are promising developments. Previous work on cabbage seed weevil previously found Sinapis alba was resistant. Introgression lines (S. alba x B. napus) were produced and the mechanisms for resistance found to be mainly antibiotic - via reduced survival/development of the larvae. Resistant cultivars are a keystone in IPM strategies, so we keenly await further developments in this exciting area!

The pathology subsection

Waiting for Gosia

We worked hard - but we had lots of fun too! Our conference dinner was at the Mooste Distillery (www.viinavabrik.ee) . We had a funny guided tour of the manor house and between courses of a delicious meal we enjoyed Estonian traditional folk music and dance - with audience participation!!!

Mooste Distillery

Finally, we successfully laid plans for organizing the next Working Group meeting. Ivan Juran offered to host the next WG meeting at the University of Zagreb, Croatia in September 2018. We all agreed this is a beautiful country and an amazing venue for our next meeting! If you can't wait that long, then in the meantime our group has been invited to join the IOBC WG on Integrated control in Vegetable brassicas meeting.

... So, we hope to see you all in Zagreb!

Sam & Birger

Participants of the meeting

IOBC ICOC WG meeting 2016

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No. Name Institution
1 Aret Vooremäe Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia
2 Valentina Zolotarjova Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia
3 Gabriella Kovacs Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia
4 Lenka Burketova Institute of Experimental Botany AC CR, Czech Republic
5 Jana Mazáková Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
6 Eve Veromann Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia
7 Sam Cook Rothamsted Research, UK
8 Malgorzata Jedryczka Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, Poland
9 Gaëtan Seimandi Corda IGEPP, France
10 Michael Eickermann Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology (LIST), Luxembourg
11 Jasper Devlamynck Bayer CropScience, Belgium
12 Jean Pierre Jansen CRA-W, Belgium
13 Piotr Walerowski Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
14 Faye Ritchie ADAS UK Ltd, UK
15 Agnieszka Mączyńska Institute of Plant Protection - National Research Institute Sośnicowice Branch, Poland
16 Birger Koopmann Georg August University Göttingen, Germany
17 Annette Penaud Terres Inovia, France
18 Amandine Juhel INRA, France
19 Andrzej Brachaczek Innvigo Sp. z o.o., Poland
20 Cezary Tkaczuk Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Poland
21 Lakshmi Harika Gajula University of Hertfordshire, UK
22 Katherine Noel University of Hertfordshire, UK
23 Deborah Kaiser Agroscope, Switzerland
24 Ingrid Williams Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia
25 Mona Jahani Ghent University, Belgium
26 Anne Marie Cortesero University of Rennes, France
27 Asna Javaid University of Hertfordshire, UK
28 Veiko Kastanje Estonian Crop Research Institute, Estonia
29 Ene Ilumäe Estonian Crop Research Institute, Estonia
30 William Truman Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
31 Jürgen Junk Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology (LIST), Luxembourg
32 Marek Seidenglanz Agritec Plant Research, Czech Republic
33 Janetta Niemann Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland
34 Joanna Kaczmarek Institute of Plant Genetics Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, Poland
35 Giselher Grabenweger Agroscope, Switzerland
36 Udo Heimbach Julius Kühn Institut, Germany
37 Johannes Hausmann University Göttingen, Julius Kühn-Institut, Germany
38 Henrike Hennies Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany
39 Robert Malinowski Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
40 Veronika Ricarova Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
41 Meike Brandes Julius Kühn-Institut, Germany
42 Pavel Rysanek Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic
43 Nils Conrad Julius-Kühn-Institut, Germany
44 Maria Zhang University of Reading, UK
45 Reelika Päädam Ministry of Rural Affairs, Estonia
46 Nazanin Zamani Noor Julius Kühn-Institut, Germany
47 Marcin Olszak Institute of Plant Genetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
48 Bernd Ulber Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany
49 Maxime Hervé University of Rennes, France
50 Celine Robert Terres Inovia, France
51 Ivan Juran University of Zagreb, Department of Agricultural Zoology, Zagreb, Croatia
52 Laurent Ruck Terres Inovia, France
53 Vojtěch Hlavjenka Agritec, plant research s.r.o., Czech Republic
54 Jaroslav Šafář Agritec, Czech Republic
     
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55 Jakub Danielewicz Institute of Plant Protection- National Research Institute, Poznań, Poland
56 Joanna Horoszkiewicz-Janka Institute of Plant Protection- National Research Institute, Poznań, Poland
57 Ewa Jajor Institute of Plant Protection- National Research Institute, Poznań, Poland
58 Marek Korbas Institute of Plant Protection- National Research Institute, Poznań, Poland
59 Katharina Lohaus Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany
60 Agnieszka Perek Institute of Plant Protection- National Research Institute, Poznań, Poland
61 Karolina Stefanowicz Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland