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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:00

The University of Cordoba and ceiA3 participate in an international project to reduce the use of pesticides in the control of soil insects through biological means

Researchers of the INBIOSOIL Project during their working meeting Researchers of the INBIOSOIL Project during their working meeting C.M.

The INBIOSOIL European Project meeting concludes in Cordoba; scientists from 8 different countries are seeking for new formulations for the use of fungi and nematodes in agriculture.

Thirty researchers from 15 institutions in Spain, Germany, Austria, Britain, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium and the Czech Republic attended the INBIOSOIL project’s second meeting in Cordoba this week. The project is funded by the European Commission through the 7th Framework Programme, and aims to disseminate the latest results in the use of biological techniques to control soil insects, as an alternative to chemical pesticides. The host was the only Spanish team in the consortium, the research group AGR163 Agricultural Entomology, from the University of Córdoba and the Agrifood Campus of International Excellence ceiA3.

The goal of this research group is to consider the impact of new technologies on the environment and the food chain, and to evaluate new formulations in the field.

The working sessions were held in three days, and the researchers were able to bring together the latest results and the progress of the final results of the project, which will be presented within one year.

The objective of INBIOSOIL is to propose the use of new techniques that respect the environment and contribute substantially to reducing the use of conventional chemical pesticides for the control of soil pests affecting major crops. Specifically, the project focuses on the generation of new formulations of biocontrol agents based on fungi and nematodes, for their application in integrated pest management. This is intended to provide potential savings for producers, to promote biodiversity, and to provide solutions for both organic and conventional farmers, ensuring the competitiveness of European producers.

More information about the project at http://inbiosoil.uni-goettingen.de/

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