Phosmet Exit Action Plan launched
Phosmet Exit Action Plan launched
This Plan, associated with public funding and the oilseed sector, and in which Terres Inovia participates, aims to identify, by 2025, operational alternative strategies to the withdrawal of phosmet to reduce attacks and the nuisance of autumn pests of rapeseed.
Faced with the pressure of autumn pests (winter flea beetle and terminal bud weevil), summer droughts linked to climate change, and the withdrawal of phosmet from the market in 2022, the government, in partnership with the oilseed industry, has launched a major plan to reduce the impact of autumn rapeseed pests: the Phosmet Exit Action Plan. It brings together public and private research and development players to produce and deploy effective, sustainable and operational alternative strategies.
Associated with public funding of 2.5 million euros over 3 years from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, and the industry of more than 800,000 euros operated by Sofiprotéol, this plan has a budget of 5.5 million euros.
The launch meeting of the Phosmet Exit Action Plan was held in Paris on December 8, in the presence of the members of the steering committee (Terres Inovia, INRAE and the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty) and the main research and development partners involved in this plan. The program will include a cross-presentation of the plan and the projects supported, as well as time for joint reflection.
Gilles Robillard, President of Terres Inovia: "the structuring of the Phosmet Exit Action Plan is exemplary for finding solutions and deploying them"
Why was this Phosmet Exit Action Plan necessary?
So are alternatives possible?
What does it consist of?
Eight projects to produce and deploy action levers
The research efforts of this Plan are based on 4 main axes:
Improving knowledge of fall pests and their main natural enemies.
Identify solutions at the plant level,
Acting on the scale of the plot and the landscape to sustainably reduce pest pressure
Deploy operational solutions to farmers.
This kick-off meeting was an opportunity to present the eight projects carried out within the framework of the Action Plan in partnership with development actors, private companies and academic research:
- Adaptacol2, led by Terres Inovia, to deploy alternative strategies (see box) ;
- Velco-A, coordinated by BASF, consists in evaluating the growth and colonization conditions of an entomopathogenic fungus strain for application on rapeseed pests.
- COLZACTISE, coordinated by De Sangosse, aims to identify brassica extracts with deterrent properties on the large-scale flea beetle of rapeseed.
- The project led by CERTIS is working on data acquisition to develop a solution combining a biocontrol product with technological tools to control fall pests of rapeseed.
- The RESALT project, coordinated by INRAE, aims to provide resources for the construction of flea beetle-resistant varieties by combining different genetic and biochemical mechanisms.
- The Ctrl-Alt project, led by INRAE, is working to propose a flea beetle management strategy using brassicas that are more attractive than rapeseed as service plants and/or using their volatile organic compounds
- AltisOR, also led by INRAE, aims to accelerate the identification of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), active on the behavior of the flea beetle through a reverse chemical ecology approach.
- Also coordinated by INRAE, the LEGO project is developing a laboratory rearing of large flea beetles to feed the research efforts engaged in the phosmet exit action plan.
Focus on Adaptacol2
As part of the phosmet phase-out action plan, Terres Inovia is leading the Adaptacol2 project. It aims to provide farmers and agricultural technicians with integrated protection strategies that will enable them to limit the attacks and harmfulness of winter flea beetles and terminal bud weevils on rapeseed.
For this purpose, research and development actors are mobilized to accompany farmers in a coordinated way towards a change of practices at the plot and territorial levels. This support takes the form of regular meetings, such as regional committees, and the acquisition of references on different scales (trials, plot and territorial networks). It will be fed with the references and knowledge produced by the phosmet phase-out plan projects.
Learn more about the Phosmet Exit Action Plan?
Visit our web page dedicated to the project here
Find the press release in attachment