The coordinator of EUPLANTCROPP, Leiden University, and one of the other EUPLANTCROPP partners, INRA, submitted a proposal upon a European call of integrated pest management. The, relatively, small consortium envisaged was completed by Keele University in the United Kingdom and Agropolis in Switzerland. The proposal passed the first stage successfully. A complete proposal has been submitted meanwhile to pass the second stage.
The proposed project, TWIC, aims at integrating plant resistance to two pests, thrips and whitefly, with (pheromone) mass trapping taking advantage of favourable environmental conditions at maximum. The resulting novel IPM-strategies will be implemented among commercial tomato growers along the South-North axis of Europe.
Plant resistance to be used in TWIC is the result of employing successfully the eco-metabolomics approach to crop protection by Leiden University. If granted, TWIC would, therefore, fit perfectly within the objectives of EUPLANTCROPP. We cross our fingers.