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Phosmet Exit Action Plan launched

13 Dec 2022

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?
It follows the cessation of the marketing of the phosmet moleculeBORAVI WG)leaving farmers potentially in the lurch, particularly in regions where rapeseed often represents the best margin on the farm. They are waiting for short-term solutions.

So are alternatives possible?
Yes, it is part of a global plan to look for alternatives, in addition to the request for a derogation from cyantraniliprole and the application of nitrogen in the autumn as part of a strategy to create robust rapeseed crops. It is partly financed by the State, the sector with Sofiprotéol, the companies carrying the projects and the technical institute.

What does it consist of?
This ambitious plan brings together all the public research players, the sector and private companies, with a joint presidency between Terres Inovia and INRAE. The structuring of the phosmet phase-out action plan is exemplary in terms of finding solutions and deploying them by acting on the axes of research, knowledge of pests and their auxiliaries, work on the plant scale, management on the scale of territories, landscapes and plots, as well as a massive deployment of advances and acquisitions to technicians and farmers.



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



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