The Future of Crop Protection
The Future of Crop Protection
The European Commission wants to reduce the use of chemical crop protection products by 50% by 2030. Similar requirements are coming from retail and society. A lot of research is being done into alternatives to chemistry. But how do these alternatives find their way into practice, and what obstacles stand in the way? Do the alternatives fit into existing business systems, or are system innovations required? These questions are central to the Innovation Meetup “The Future of Crop Protection”, which will take place on Tuesday, November 1st, at the World Horti Center.
Prof. Toby Bruce of Keele University will present an inspirational keynote lecture on the future of crop protection, and what it takes to bring insights and innovations from the lab to the field. Two industry representatives will present their vision on the role of knowledge and data in IPM. For a complete overview of the program, see below.
The meeting is chaired jointly by Marleen Riemens (WUR) and Clemens Stolk (Innova Connect). The language of the day will be English.
In order to get a taste of what the future of crop protection may look like, we will also host a marketplace where startups with a proposition relevant to crop protection present themselves. The startups present are: AgriData Innovations, BBLeap, BioMosae, blomitec, H2arvester, InsectSense, PATS Indoor Drone Solutions, Scope Biosciences, Spark Genetics, and VitalFluid.
|13:00||Walk in with coffee and tea at the startup marketplace|
|13:30||Opening by Jaap Bond (Chairman of the Horticultural Board)|
|13:45||Keynote: Prof. Toby Bruce (Keele University): “Innovation in Crop Protection: Challenges and Opportunities”|
Crop protection of the future – knowledge is key
|15:00||Tea break at the the startup marketplace|
Panel discussion with all preceding speakers and Peter Knippels (LTO Nederland)
Brief response from a public policy and from a research perspective
|16:30||Closure and start networking drinks at the startup marketplace|
1 november 2022
World Horti Center
2672 ZX Naaldwijk
Prof. Toby Bruce
Toby Bruce is Professor of Insect Chemical Ecology at Keele University (UK), where he is leading cutting-edge research on insect-host interactions and testing hypotheses to better understand how to sustainably manage pest species and conserve beneficial species.
Prior to joining Keele University, he worked as a senior research scientist at Rothamsted Research. Here he was involved in developing science-based yet practical integrated pest management schemes for a variety of crops. In addition to carrying out excellent scientific research, published in high impact journals, Bruce has also a deep interest in the implementation of research results in practical agriculture. As such, he has been the driving force behind several smartphone apps that aim to provide advice to growers.
Toby has a broad interest in agriculture at large, driven by the vital role it plays in food security and the opportunities for reducing our environmental footprint through more efficient farming practices.