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EcoStack Knowledge Bank

The section “Knowledge Bank” is now online on the EcoStack website under the Resource Hub.
This knowledge bank was developed within EcoStack EU-Project that can help farmers, policy makers, and advisors with useful information concerning production strategies enhancing sustainability of food production systems across Europe.

EcoStack Knowledge Bank2024-02-23T10:21:27+00:00

EcoStack Final Meeting – 29 Feb, 1 Mar 2024, Napoli (IT)

EcoStack FINAL MEETING: “Reduction of pesticide use in agriculture”

29 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH 2024

UNIVERSITY OF NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Department of Agricultural Sciences – Portici (Naples), Italy

The final meeting of H2020 project EcoStack will take place as an open workshop on “Reduction of pesticide use in agriculture”, which will be held in Portici (Italy) on February 29th and March 1st, and will be structured in 3 scientific sessions:

  1. Agroecological management on and off the crop to reinforce ecosystem services
  2. Alternative tools and strategies to reduce the use of agrochemicals
  3. Promoting sustainability in agriculture

The meeting will be attended by several researchers from the EcoStack consortium, external researchers and by a number of different stakeholders.

PROGRAMME (available here)
The meeting will be available on Zoom – Please find the link in the document above.

BOOK of ABSTRACTS v3 (available here)

EcoStack Final Meeting – 29 Feb, 1 Mar 2024, Napoli (IT)2024-02-29T15:30:36+00:00

Newsletter “Enhancing biodiversity in French crop production systems: cost benefit analyses of five measures”

In introducing of new agroecological practices, it is important to have knowledge on the socio-economic impact such as crop yield, energy and economic balances in order to incorporate in the decision-making. The new issue of the newsletter is investigating how to determine the costs and benefits of several measures enhancing biodiversity. The objective is to identify whether the 5 main measures that were selected as representative of French crop production systems are economically viable for farmers, in terms of implementation costs and income benefits for the farmers. The study focused on 3 off-crop measures: hedges, flowering strips, grassy margins; and 2 in-crop measures: cultivar mixture and direct sowing.

Newsletter “Enhancing biodiversity in French crop production systems: cost benefit analyses of five measures”2023-03-01T11:43:21+00:00

EcoStack Annual General Meeting 2022

The EcoStack Annual Meeting 2022 will be held at University of Barcelona, Faculty of Biology (Edifici Margalef, Aula Magnac – Diagonal Avenue 643, 08028 Barcelona) and remotely on 21, 22 and 23 September 2022.

It will be the occasion for all EcoStack partners & stakeholders to discuss the results obtained and plan the details of future work.

PROGRAMME

EcoStack Annual General Meeting 20222022-08-05T09:30:52+00:00

EU Green Week

MULTIPLE CROP PROTECTION PRACTICES FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
June 3, 2022 – 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. CEST
Online event | Zoom

PROGRAMME

One of our big challenges today is to produce, on the one side, food for growing world population, but also to assure quality food, reduce inputs and less impacting the environment. The Farm to Fork strategies of the European Commission puts this forward with, for example, reducing pesticide use with 50% by 2030. In this frame, the H2020 Ecostack project developed and tested, in different countries in Europe, a large diversity of farming practices and tools.

This conference will present insights about advancements in practices to reduce pest and disease pressure on crops such as relay intercropping, cultivar mixtures, or the combination of both. For the latter also the occurrence of natural enemies in crops will be critically assessed. Moreover, the conference will inform about the use of such practices and other environmentally friendly practices among farmers in Europe. We invite all stakeholders interested in sustainable agricultural practices for crop production to join the conference and discuss results with us.

EU Green Week2022-05-31T07:45:21+00:00

3rd EcoStack Annual Meeting 2021

The 3rd Annual Meeting & General Assembly of EcoStack, which took place on 28th and 29th September 2021, was held online for a second consecutive year. It was a highly productive meeting and provided consortium members and stakeholders with an opportunity to critically discuss results obtained to date. Importantly, it also provided an ideal opportunity for participants to give valuable feedback on our achievements so as to effectively guide further research and dissemination.
Additionally the management board had the opportunity to present their work of the last 6 months and define actions for the next year and beyond.
We all enjoyed this virtual meeting but very much look forward to meet in person next year in Krakow!

3rd EcoStack Annual Meeting 20212021-10-01T14:20:09+00:00

EcoStack workshop on Bioprotection: Present and Future

A workshop entitled “Bioprotection: Present and Future” will be held online, on November 23-24, 2021 as part of the dissemination activities of the Horizon 2020 RIA “EcoStack”.

PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION

On 23rd November 2021 we are organising a workshop on microbial biological control agents in agricultural crops. We will discuss opportunities and challenges in the development of new microbiological tools to protect crops from pests and diseases – products on the market today and products for the future. The workshop targets farmers, advisors, authorities, companies and researchers with interest in microbial biocontrol. Together with speakers from Koppert, Bayer and the EcoStack consortium, we discuss challenges and possibilities of microbial biocontrol products.

On 24th November 2021 the workshop will focus on the identification and sustainable exploitation of bioactive molecules/genes from biological control agents, both as novel biopesticides and to enhance the impact of currently used BCAs. The workshop targets scientists, industry, advisors, and authority representatives, with interest in the development of novel molecules for crop protection, with a focus on RNAi- and fusion protein-based technologies. Together with invited speakers from Syngenta, Greenlight Biosciences, national agencies, academia and the EcoStack consortium, the workshop discusses challenges in the efficacy, safety and regulation of novel ‘biopesticides’, as well as the needs for future research and development.

EcoStack workshop on Bioprotection: Present and Future2021-10-06T09:55:54+00:00

EcoStack workshop on regulatory policies for plant beneficial microorganisms

EcoStack has made an inventory of regulatory systems applicable to plant beneficial microorganisms, and will propose scenarios for their improvement. At this workshop, preliminary scenarios will be discussed with representatives of major stakeholders and regulatory institutions. The EcoStack activities in this area can hopefully lead to more efficient regulatory processes in the future.

PROGRAMME

EcoStack workshop on regulatory policies for plant beneficial microorganisms2021-09-28T12:19:00+00:00

EcoStack Management Board – March 2021

The 5th Management Board Meeting of EcoStack has been held on March 03-04, 2021, unfortunately once more in a virtual format. However, the meeting was very stimulating and productive, giving the chance to assess the very good results achieved, in spite of the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which slowed down some of the planned activities. We are half way through, and what done so far looks promising for a successful prosecution of EcoStack.

EcoStack Management Board – March 20212021-03-05T17:39:27+00:00
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