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Strategies to develop effective, innovative and practical approaches to protect major european fruit crops from pests and pathogens


Stakeholder Event in the Netherlands

Stakeholder Event in the Netherlands

At the annual International Soft Fruit Conference (ISFC) in Den Bosch (The Netherlands), the European members of the Dropsa project presented their findings to stakeholders. In total 760 people from 32 nationalities, 20 presenters and 98 companies from 13 countries were present at the ISFC.

The International Soft Fruit Conference 2018 included a wide range of presentations that covered many different aspects of the soft fruit industry. Simultaneously to these presentations was an exhibition where soft fruit related companies and organisations presented their newest developments and services. The DROPSA team choose to combine their annual meeting with a visit to this event to share their latest findings and outcomes with this ideal audience.

Everyone relies on fruit to stay healthy but destructive pests and diseases are posing a major challenge to the fruit industry. Coordinated by Dr Neil Audsley at Fera, the EU funded project “DROPSA“ aims were to develop effective, innovative, practical and integrated solutions for the control of pests and diseases. Throughout the four-year project, Fera and 25 partners throughout Europe, Asia, New Zealand and North America have examined several potential chemical, biological, cultural, integrated and novel pest and disease control strategies.

International Soft Fruit Conference – Thursday 11 January 2018 (

Forest Insects and their Allies

Forest Insects and their Allies

Third Annual Meeting
Tuesday 25th April 2017, 9.30am - 4pm
Fera Science Ltd, Sand Hutton, York YO41 1LZ

This one-day meeting provides a forum for those interested in the field of forest ecology to discuss current research and policy specifically related to forest insects, including their management (e.g. pest species) and conservation. The target audience is academics, students, practitioners and stakeholders. The day will begin at 9.30 with refreshments followed by a welcome address at 10am. There will be an informal poster session during the lunch break.

This meeting will feature a keynote presentation followed by 8-10 conference style talks on research, policy, management or public engagement.

Keynote presentation: Gunnar Isacsson “The Pine Wood Nematode (PWN), its vector Monochamus galloprovincialis and their impact on the pine forest and the associated beetle fauna in Portugal.”

Gunnar has been a devoted entomologist since early childhood. With a M.Sc. in Forestry, previous work at the Swedish Agricultural University as a lecturer in forestry and co-authorship of a number of scientific papers, he is now Chief Entomologist at the Swedish Forest Agency. He works with forest insects from both nature conservation and plant health aspects. He is also a member of the “task force on the control of the Pine Wood Nematode in Portugal and Spain”, set up by the EU Commission 2014-2015.

Register at:

There is a registration fee of £12 to cover lunch and refreshments payable to when you register. Attendees will meet their own travel and accommodation costs. Directions to Fera can be found here:

Abstracts of no more than 250 words are now being accepted. These should state whether a talk or poster is preferred and should also include author affiliations. Please email these directly to in a word document including your name in the file name. The deadline for abstract submission is: 25th March 2017.

This meeting is supported by the Royal Entomological Society

Innovation in Plant Biosecurity 2017

Dear All,

The website for the Innovation in Plant Biosecurity 2017 has now been updated. Please view the website for Agenda, call for Abstracts and further conference details.

Deadline for submission is 30th November 2016

Use the following link:

Innovation in Plant Biosecurity 2017

15th - 16th March 2017, Sand Hutton, York

This major conference will bring together plant health professionals and invasive species experts from across Great Britain, to discuss novel strategies for improving plant biosecurity and establish a sustainable knowledge exchange. The conference is organised against the backdrop of the Plant Biosecurity Strategy for Great Britain, as released in 2014, and revisions to the EU Plant Health Regime, which are soon to be realised.

Great Britain's forests, woods and trees are under threat from a growing number of pests and diseases. Many of these threats are alien; historically not present in the UK having been introduced from overseas. Some of these threats may reach the UK naturally i.e. as wind-borne spores from continental Europe; potentially one pathway for introduction of the disease ash die-back. The alternative and probably more common pathway of introduction is via human activity, especially trade; for example through the movement of infected plants (another pathway identified for ash die-back) or the shipping of goods associated with infested timber (as is suspected to be the case with the recent introduction of the Asian long-horn beetle into Kent in packaging crates for stone). These cases illustrate that existing biosecurity measures are vulnerable and that we need to do more to improve our nation's biosecurity and protect our plants and trees; both cultivated and in the wider environment.

The 5th International Entomophagous Insects Conference; October 16-20, 2017; Kyoto, Japan

The 5th International Entomophagous Insects Conference; October 16-20, 2017; Kyoto, Japan

Jean Luc Gatti and Marylene Poirie will be attending The 5th International Entomophagous Insects Conference; October 16-20, 2017; Kyoto, Japan

POIRIE, Marylene (Institut Sophia Agrobiotech, Inra PACA, FRANCE)
A two - level mechanism of specificity? venom molecules per se and their vesicular transport ? likely determines the Drosophila host range of the parasitoid Leptopilina boulardi.

Management Board Meeting in Brussels

The next Management Board meeting will be held in the UKRO buliding in Brussels on 24th October 2017

Project Meeting and Final Conference

Project Meeting and Final Conference

The next project meeting and Final Dropsa Conference will be held in the Netherlands.

We will hold the project meeting on 10th January and then join the International Soft Fruit Conference on 11th January. Following the conference, we will join the Conference Dinner on Thursday evening and attend the Field Trip on Friday.

Each partner will need to register for the conference and pay for the dinner. Please note that the Early Bird discount requires you to book before 15th December 2017 and pay only € 70 (VAT incl).

Link to the Conference website for hotel and registration.




July 5 to 8, 2016
Science and Technology Park of the University of Girona
Girona (Spain) -


Tuesday, July 5
11:00-13:00 Registration
13:00-15:00 Welcome Reception/Lunch
15:00-16:00 Keynote presentations (2 Invited 30')
16:00-16:30 Break-Coffee
16:30-17:30 Keynote presentations (2 Invited 30')
21.00- 24:00 Social Dinner

Wednesday, July 6
9:00-10:30 Session-Genetics and Genomics (1 Invited 30', 4 offered 15')
10:30-11:00 Break-Coffee and poster viewing
11:00-13:00 Session-Genetics and Genomics (8 offered 15')
13:00-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:30 Session-Pathogen/Microbe/Plant Interactions (1 Invited 30', 4 offered 15')
16:30-17:00 Break-Coffee and poster viewing
17:00-18:30 Session-Pathogen/Microbe/Plant Interactions (6 offered 15')
19:30-21:00 Girona Downtown Visit

Thursday, July 7
9:00-10:30 Session-Epidemiology and Decision Support Systems (1 Invited 30', 4 offered 15')
10:30-11:00 Break-Coffee and poster viewing
11:00-13:00 Session-Epidemiology and Decision Support Systems (8 offered 15')
13:00-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:30 Session-Control Strategies (1 invited 30', 4 offered)
16:30-17:00 Break-Coffee and poster viewing
17:00-18:30 Session-Control Strategies (6 offered 15')
18:30-19:00 Overview and next meeting
20:30-24:00 BBQ and Show

Friday, July 8
9:00-11:30 Visit to Mas Badia Agricultural Experimental Station
11:30-12:45 Visit to a Fruit Cooperative
13:00-14:30 Lunch

Registrastion and Abstract forms can be downloaded from the Conference and Events section

Biopesticides Europe 2016 - Barcelona 8th-9th June 2016

Biopesticides Europe 2016 - Barcelona 8th-9th June 2016

The Global and European biopesticides market has grown significantly over past few years. With increased direction from the authorities and growing demand for sustainable agriculture it is certain that biopesticides market will continue to experience unprecedented growth. ACI is delighted to announce the Biopesticides Europe 2016 Conference, which will take place in Barcelona, Spain on the 8th-9th of June 2016.

The two day event will bring together key industry stakeholders from the biopesticides industry to discuss the challenges faced and the future opportunities. Conference will discuss the current overview of the markets, with highlights from experts on the progression of the biopesticides market and new insights and innovation of projects in pipeline.

The conference will also have insights from end-use markets giving updates on market growth drivers along with sustainable advancements in technologies and R&D projects.

DROPSA stakeholder workshop in Girona, Spain. 10th March 2016

DROPSA stakeholder workshop in Girona, Spain. 10th March 2016

A workshop, presenting and demonstrating the results and advancements of the DROPSA project will be held on Thursday 10th March 2016, at the Univerisity of Girona, Spain.

Parc Científic i Tecnològic de la Universitat de Girona
Pic de Peguera, 15
17003 La Creueta , Girona (Spain)


08:45 Welcome and Introduction

09:00 – 09:30 Overview of the DROPSA Project.
(Neil Audsley, Fera Science Ltd, UK).

09:30 - 10:15 Drosophila suzukii. Biology, epidemiology and control.
(Marc Kenis, CAB International, Switzerland and Jean Luc Gatti, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France).

10:15 – 11:15 Coffee, poster viewing and demonstrations

11:15 -11:45 Plant quarantine bacteria (Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae, Xanthomonas fragariae and Xanthomonas arboricola pv. pruni). Biology, epidemiology and control.
(Joël Pothier, Zurcher Hochschule fur Angewandte Wissenschaften, Switzerland and Francesco Spinelli, Alma Mater Studiorum-Universita Di Bologna, Italy).

11:45 – 12:30 Low risk pesticides and plant protection in the EU
(Invited speaker to be confirmed)

12:30-13:00 Open discussion

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

Attendance is free of charge
For further details contact:
Neil Audsley (
Emilio Montesinos (

Dropsa Partner Manel demonstrates tree injection system at EXPO Milan 2015

Video showing the ENDOplant tree injection system. Developed during the EU funded Palm Protect project.

EXPO in Milan - Health Checks and Smart Treatments for our Plants

The event aims at the dissemination of outputs of EU funded research of the Seventh Framework program (FP7) on Plant Health and Plant Protection related issues. Focus in given on the activities of Directorate F Bioeconomy, DG Research and Innovation. Presentations of the objectives and the results of certain EU funded FP7 projects will be given. In the afternoon, tangible outputs of these projects will be on demonstration. Dissemination of the recent publication: EU-funded Plant Health and Plant Protection Research.

Presentation on Dropsa can be seen on the following link:

Project meeting

The next DROPSA project meeting will be held in Brussels, 12th-13th May 2015.

To facilitate acommodation in Brussels, you can find a list of hotels in the European district here. In addition, we have uploaded the agenda and the meeting room locations.

Further details in secure area and via DROPSA email.

Conference on Drosophila suzukii, Valencia, Spain. 5-6 May 2015

Further details please contact Vicente Navarro Llopis <>