The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), founded in 2002, is a company of the Republic of Austria, owned by two federal ministries (Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection and Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism). Core tasks include the protection of human, animal and plant health, food safety and food quality, as well as the protection of consumers against fraud by providing professional and independent scientific expertise.
MELES is an office of Consulting Engineers founded in 2014 by biologists with long year expertise in agro ecology. The office initiates and manages scientific projects in the field of agro ecology and offers services to farmers and other customers, e.g. monitoring pests, especially soil pests, and planning biodiversity-enhancing measures in agricultural landscapes. The staff members particularly have research experience in the topics organic pest management, impact of climate change on agricultural pests and nature conservation in agriculture. Since foundation, MELES has been involved into several projects regarding wireworm monitoring and control. They are described at: http://www.melesbio.at/forschung/
University of Innsbruck, Department of Ecology
Our work addresses the ecology of animals in natural and managed ecosystems and the role these organisms play in providing ecosystem services. We seek to understand mechanisms governing the structure and functioning of natural communities through integration of novel techniques with laboratory and field experiments. A major objective of our work is the analysis of food web interactions through molecular approaches: over the past 20 years, we have been assessing a wide range of trophic networks in both terrestrial and aquatic environments ranging from glacier forelands to agroecosystems and covering anything between beetles and birds. The research of the Applied and Trophic Ecology group is embedded in various projects, many of them executed collaboratively with leading researchers from all around the world. The outcome of this work is published in leading international journals: https://www.uibk.ac.at/ecology/forschung/applied-and-trophic-ecology/
University of Liége, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
The laboratory of functional and evolutionary entomology (ULG) focuses its teaching and research activities on fundamental and applied entomology, with particular interest to the development of innovative strategies to control insect pests for agricultural productions. Our research group of Chemical and Behavioural Ecology is focusing in semiochemicals (pheromones and allelochemicals) that are involved in the modification of insect behavior and plant-insect interaction.
National research centre for witloof/chicory
The National research centre for witloof-chicory (NPW) focuses primarily on the cultivation problems and possibilities in chicory and innovative crops. Important research items are variety research, plant nutrition and fertilization, crop protection, water, cultivation technology, energy, optimization of organic production and diversification.
Inagro is the knowledge partner of agricultural and horticultural businesses in the areas of innovation and sustainability. Geographically speaking Inagro is located in the very intensive and innovation-driven agricultural and horticultural heart of the province of West Flanders in Belgium. Within its own optimized professional research infrastructure, Inagro's scientific and technical teams devise farming and cultivation techniques ready for practical use. Our partners in these endeavours are universities, university colleges and businesses. Inagro's advisers take the new expertise to the agricultural and horticultural businesses and guide the businesses in how to implement these insights, all of which is supported with professional communication tools. Inagro represents more than 60 years of hands-on tradition in agricultural research and education, with 210 members of staff.
HH is an independent research centre on livestock, fodder crops and rural development in Flanders. We are a dairy experimental farm with expertise in several research topics and have strong educational and knowledge exchange activities with farmers and agricultural students. Thanks to the intensive communication, we know the needs of the farmers. Our research is always looking for answers to these. HH is the contact point for farmers and is the link to other (international) institutions and the government.
IGEPP is a research unit that gathers scientists from three entities: the research and teaching institute in agricultural sciences, Agrocampus Ouest, the University of Rennes 1, and INRA. INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, is a national public research institution with two regulatory authorities: the French Ministry of Research and the French Ministry of Agriculture. Its six main objectives consist in producing and disseminating knowledge (more than 4000 publications/year), promoting innovation through technology transfer and partnerships (340 patents, 108 start-ups in 17 years), training future scientists (more than 1800 PhD students), shaping national and European research strategies, informing public policy and fostering debate regarding science’s role in society. Staff involved in ElatPro belongs to the team Ecology & Genetics of Insects. https://www6.rennes.inra.fr/igepp_eng/About-IGEPP
The Central Institute for Decision Support Systems in Crop Protection in Germany (ZEPP) was established in October 1997 based on an administrative agreement between the German federal states. The main task of ZEPP is to collect, test and further develop existing forecast and simulation models for important agricultural and horticultural pathogens (pests and diseases) for use in practice. Furthermore, the development of prognosis models for previously unprocessed pests is initiated. http://www.zepp.info/
The Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) is the Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants in Germany and an autonomous superior federal authority in the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Within JKI 17 research institutes work on a wide variety of topics. The Institute for Plant protection in Field Crops and Grassland is working on the current challenges and issues of plant protection. This includes the evaluation of pesticides as well as research on the resilience of crops against certain diseases or research on harmful organisms from a biological and ecological point of view. Furthermore, a focus of the institutes work lies on the research of pesticide resistance development in connection with plant protection product use. At the same time research is carry out on the development of efficient and resource-sparing plant protection methods for a sustainable and organic agricultural farming.
The Agency for innovation in the primary sector of the Veneto Region - Veneto Agricoltura (VA) , supports the Regional Government in implementing the policies for agriculture, food, forestry and fisheries.
The main areas of activity can be summed up as follows: research & development activities including those about sustainable agriculture as holistic approach and as set up of individual processes; dissemination, sharing and increase of knowledge; promotion and food quality certification; food laboratory analysis for characterization and quality control; wildlife survey and study; conservation of plant and animal biodiversity in agriculture; regional government-owned forest management; hydrological regime control in at-risk areas.
Agroscope is the Swiss centre of excellence for agricultural research, and is affiliated with the Federal Office for Agriculture within the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education, and Research. The main goal of the research activities of Agroscope is to contribute to a competitive and sustainable agriculture and food sector as well as to an intact environment. In 2018, Agroscope disseminated almost 1’400 publications and 1’600 posters and talks on all aspects of agricultural food production. 56 Bachelor and Master Students and 92 PhD students conducted their thesis work at Agroscope.
The Information System for Integrated Plant Production (ISIP) is a Germany-wide online decision support system of the German Governmental Advisory Services. It is developed as a universal framework to implement weather-based simulation models on the Internet. The system is designed to use modern information technology to make the primary task of the Advisory Services - the information transfer to practitioners - more efficient.
The Flanders Research Institute for agriculture, fisheries and food (ILVO) performs multidisciplinary, innovative and independent research aimed at economically, ecologically and socially sustainable agriculture and fisheries. The Plant Sciences Unit studies all aspects of primary plant production, from soil to pathogen. In the context of crop protection, researchers study and identify the bacteria, fungi, viruses, insects, mites and nematodes that can plague plants and sustainable ways to combat them.