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.