The world continues to need high levels of crop production. These crops need to be protected, in a sustainable way, from the various threats to high yields. The threats are both biological (insects, diseases and weeds) and non-biological (climate and soil). Demands and threats are higher than ever before in human history, as is our understanding of the negative impacts of chemical pest control (for example on biodiversity, water quality and resistance). In this context, the controls on chemical pesticides have steadily increased and many active substances that were commonplace a decade ago are no longer available.
The coming years are likely to see further reductions in the range of substances used. Against this background, the future of crop protection will need to look to a combination of established and innovative technologies. This conference will detail our best estimates of the pressures on crop production in the future and lay out the state of the art in a range of the available technologies: Data-driven farming; Chemistry; Biology and Genetics. The integration of the available techniques into a coherent crop management system will require a great deal from the farmers and growers.
The conference will consist of 2 parts. On the Monday and Wednesday, we will consider the constraints and solutions regarding the adoption of integrated systems for crop protection. Our projections of the future will be laid out by the leaders in their respective fields, illustrated with vivid recent case studies and with extended time for questions and discussion. On the Tuesday, we will offer opportunities to learn and discover more about the crop protection industry. There will be commercial demonstrations of new technologies, live virtual tours of research facilities, opportunities to learn new skills and have discussions with the scientific leaders of today.
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