PURE will enrich the knowledge base required by the IPM design process with new solid scientific knowledge and practical tools with the participation of innovative industries on:
- pest evolution and enhancement of the durability of IPM solutions;
- exploitation of plant-pest-enemies mechanisms to derive bioproducts in a broad sense;
- population and community ecology of IPM at the field and landscape scale to enhance pest regulation by cultural strategies and habitat manipulation;
- combination of whole-field monitoring methods (pest risk level monitoring) with micro-diagnostic nanotechnology (fine pest species and genotype identification), decision engines and other emerging technologies.
PURE will design IPM solutions by unique and strong integration of pre-existing and newly generated knowledge and tools. PURE will compare the risks and assess the balance between costs and benefits of the different IPM methods developed by iterative interactions between generation of candidate IPM solutions, modelling and experimentation. “IPM design and assessment methodology” is a generic methodological activity for the six cropping - farming systems.
PURE will also develop, implement and evaluate an overarching co-innovation methodology which combines innovation systems analysis and learning to reduce the dependence of European farming systems on pesticides.