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New Pest Research Centre Opens

19 December 2013

A new hub has been launched to help coordinate research into plant pests.

Headed up out of Harper Adams University in Shropshire, the Centre for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM) will work to address UK and global issues in agricultural, forestry and horticultural crop production. It aims to bring together practitioners, policymakers, and the scientific community to undertake research on crop protection, as well as provide advice and guidance to industry.

The initiative was launched with a special networking event last month in Brussels, which was attended by researchers from across Europe, as well as West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre, a member of the European Parliament Agriculture Committee, who commented: “I am so pleased that Harper Adams is launching the CIPM at a time when Europe is concentrating on this subject.

“It is so important that we recognise that we have a vast range of tools available for crop protection. We also need to base what we do on hard scientific evidence, of which Harper Adams is in the lead.”

Professor Peter Kettlewell, Harper Adams University Research Coordinator, said: “The event was organised to launch the CIPM and whilst doing so, share the most up-to-date information on progress and future developments within the field of sustainable pesticide use.

“We decided to host the launch in Brussels to attract those from across Europe, as the city is of particular importance to agriculture in terms of EU policy decision making.”

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