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An International conference on crop losses, caused by diseases, pests and weeds will be held in Paris, on the 16-18 October 2017, at the initiative of TempAg secretariat INRA in close partnership with Cirad and the international networks AgMiP and MacSur. Governing board member Professor Martin van Ittersum will be one of the keynote speakers at this event.
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Plant diseases, pests and weeds negatively affect crop health, with large effects on crop performances, ecosystems, and society. Crop health also plays an important role in the complex links between agriculture, food security. and global change. Quantification of these negative impacts is often fragmented or incomplete. Approaches are needed to characterise the risks associated with shifts in crop health in response to global changes, new policies or new technology. Conversely, approaches are also needed to document the potential gains that could be achieived through better, improved or more efficient crop health management.
Understanding the causes of crop losses and their quantification is neccessary to compare production systems and crop health management strategies in view of their improvement. Assessing and modelling crop losses to diseases, pests, and weeds can inform long-term strategic decisions, research prioritisation, and national or international polcies.
This International conference will address the following questions
• What are the effects of pests and diseases on crop performances?
• How can we understand, quantify, assess, and model these effects?
• How and what can modelling contribute in the assessment of the impacts of pests and diseases, especially on food security?
• What could be the effects of climate and global changes on crop losses caused by plant diseases and pests?
With the practical implication:
• Can we establish a global, open-source, data base on crop losses, which will enable answering these questions?
Through two phases:
• A series of keynotes presented by world experts in the field.
• A series of Work Group Sessions where participants will discuss concepts and their practical implementation.