Join us for our CSFB biopesticide workshop

Learn about the latest developments towards a novel biopesticide that targets cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape.

If you are involved with growing oilseed rape and have been concerned by the lack of effective cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) control methods, since the banning of neonicotinoid insecticides, this free event is worth considering.

Following on from our previous two workshops, held in November 2020 and March 2021, this online event will mark the near conclusion of an Innovate UK-funded project, that focuses on end-user engagement.

‘Developing a Biopesticide for Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle Control’ is a collaborative project between CHAP, CAB International (CABI), Russell Bio Solutions Ltd and H&T Bioseed from New Zealand.

It is vital that we continue to focus on end-user engagement, gathering industry feedback to ensure the project is aligned to the needs of farmers and agronomists, in particular.

For that reason, we are inviting you to join in the discussion and hear about the outcomes of the project. This is your chance to find out what the future holds for this exciting solution in the development of IPM programmes for oilseed rape.

The industry continues to face challenges in growing oilseed rape: some farmers have stopped growing the crop, as resistance to the pyrethroids means that there is no longer any approved pesticide that can control CSFB in many parts of the country. The declining acreages being grown across the UK have led to increased imports to satisfy demand.

We will present the summaries of the previous two workshops and outline the progress made in the work to upscale production of the entomopathogenic fungus Isaria fumosorosea and its formulation for foliar application and seed coating.

The on-line workshop will be held on 23rd February at from 9am to 11am GMT. To register your interest to attend, email enquiries@chap-solutions.co.uk.

For more information on the capabilities in the Fungal Biopesticide Development capability go to Lab.

If you have any questions about CHAP’s work in plant protection or would like to discuss a potential project, please send us an email using the enquiries form at the bottom of our homepage.