The PURE project is supported by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme under contract number 265865
(see Related file for the description of the website)
The overall objective of PURE is to provide practical IPM solutions to reduce dependence on pesticides in selected major farming systems in Europe, thereby contributing to a reduction of the risks to human health and the environment and facilitating the implementation of the pesticides package legislation while ensuring continued food production of sufficient quality.
PURE will provide integrated pest management (IPM) solutions and a practical toolbox for their implementation in key European farming systems (annual arable and vegetable, perennial, and protected crops) in which reduction of pesticide use and better control of pests will have major effects.
For each of six selected farming systems, PURE will combine existing methods with new tools and technologies into novel IPM solutions addressing the biological, agronomical and economical diversity in Europe. The process relies on a generic methodological package and on six activities dedicated to the six farming systems, in which a design-assessment-adjustment cycle will be adopted to ensure continuous validation and improvement of the IPM solutions.
(see details in "Cropping Systems" )
IPM solutions will range from easy to adopt combinations of tactical control methods to more ambitious solutions involving strategic changes at farm level. With the participation of industries, PURE will exploit recent advances in emerging technologies, plant-pest-enemies interactions, soil and landscape ecology and pest evolution to feed IPM solutions with innovative diagnostic and decision support systems, physical devices and bio-products, strategies for ecological pest regulation and improved durability of control methods.
(see details in "New Knowledge and technologies for IPM" )
PURE will test the efficacy, practicability and relevance of IPM solutions under the agro-ecosystems and farming conditions of the main broad European regions by on-station and on-farm experiments and will perform a comparative assessment of their environmental, economic and social sustainability. By jointly involving researchers and the key actors of pest management (farmers, advisors, policy makers and actors of the food supply chain) in design and assessment, PURE will facilitate the adoption of these innovative IPM solutions.
By jointly involving researchers and the key actors of pest management (farmers, advisors, policy makers and actors of the food supply chain) in design and assessment, PURE will facilitate the adoption of these innovative IPM solutions. PURE will thereby contribute to reduce the risks to human health and the environment and the dependence on pesticides and will facilitate the implementation of the pesticides package legislation.
The first congress was organized in march 2013 in Italy. (see details in the publication section at Future IPM in Europe ).
The second congress will be held in Poznan - Poland (see details in related files IPM innovation in Europe and into the News section)
To reach this overall objective, PURE will:)
1. Design new IPM solutions adopting a design-assessment-adjustment cycle using innovative tools including decision making indicators, preventive measures and alternative control methods for different European regions;
2. Assess ex-ante and ex-post innovative candidate IPM solutions on reduced dependence on pesticides, agronomic (yield, product quality), socio-economic (labour, product price...), and environmental performances and risks to human health;
3. Test and validate innovative IPM solutions for important pests under controlled experimental conditions and under commercial field conditions;
4. Identify, based on analysis and/or spatial modelling of pest evolution processes, tactics and strategies ensuring the durability of IPM solutions;
5. Assess agents and methods to enhance natural plant defence and biocontrol, and identify natural products that could function as biopesticides;
6. Identify tactics and strategies enhancing the natural regulation of pest populations and communities at the field and landscape level;
7. Develop or refine technological tools for pest forecasting, monitoring and control;
8. Identify farm business, farmers preference, food supply and legislation related issues that are likely to influence IPM adoption;
9. Disseminate knowledge to key stakeholders, create a participatory framework that will ensure a permanent dialogue between researchers and stakeholders, and provide a support to policy implementation.
PURE associates 14 European research institutes or universities, 2 extension organizations, 5 industries and 1 project management consulting company. It is coordinated by INRA, France (see "Partners" and "Contacts" )
The Coordinator primary role is to represent the intermediary between the European Commission and the Consortium as well as to be the promoter and supervisor of the overall technical and scientific progress of PURE. (see Contacts)
The Governing Council (GC) is the decision-making body of the project. Chaired by the project coordinator, it is composed of one representative per partner, each having one vote for decision making. The GC is responsible for the strategic and political orientation of the Project.
The Executive Committee (ExC) is the decision-implementing body of the project. It is made up of the leaders of each activity and chaired by the coordinator. The Executive Committee will be in charge of the operational management of all the activities of the Project.
The Stakeholder Advisory Board (SB) will provide the Executive Committee with strategic feedback from stakeholders regarding the project’s progress. The SB contributes to the overall fine-tuning of the project to improve outputs and to ensure that they are compatible with stakeholder needs and priorities, be they commercial and economic or societal. (see Related file for the composition of the SB)
The EU Project Manager responsibilities encompass: feasibility studies, creating public and private partnerships, managing projects using process-based approaches, disseminating and promoting results, assisting in the management of industrial property rights.
(see "Contacts" )