Advocating a need for suitable breeding approaches to boost integrated pest management: A European perspective

Jay Ram Lamichhane*, Edward Arseniuk, Piet Boonekamp, Jerzy Czembor, Veronique Decroocq, Jérome Enjalbert, Maria R. Finckh, Małgorzata Korbin, Mati Koppel, Per Kudsk, Akos Mesterhazy, Danuta Sosnowska, Ewa Zimnoch-Guzowska, Antoine Messéan

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Currently, European farmers do not have access to sufficient numbers and diversity of crop species/varieties. This prevents them from designing cropping systems more resilient to abiotic and biotic stresses. Crop diversification is a key lever to reduce pest (pathogens, animal pests and weeds) pressures at all spatial levels from fields to landscapes. In this context, plant breeding should consist of: (1) increased efforts in the development of new or minor crop varieties to foster diversity in cropping systems, and (2) focus on more resilient varieties showing local adaptation. This new breeding paradigm, called here 'breeding for integrated pest management (IPM)', may boost IPM through the development of cultivars with tolerance or resistance to key pests, with the goal of reducing reliance on conventional pesticides. At the same time, this paradigm has legal and practical implications for future breeding programs, including those targeting sustainable agricultural systems. By putting these issues into the context, this article presents the key outcomes of a questionnaire survey and experts' views expressed during an EU workshop entitled 'Breeding for IPM in sustainable agricultural systems'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1219-1227
JournalPest Management Science
Issue number6
Early online date19 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


  • Crop diversification
  • Decentralization
  • DUS
  • Food security
  • Minor crops
  • Participatory plant breeding
  • Seed legislation
  • Sustainable agriculture

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