WP3 PLANT

This WP aims to minimise the need for Copper and Mineral Oils used for plant health control. It will build on the results and conclusions of previous research projects in the area (especially the EU-funded project Co Free, targeting copper replacement in potato, apples and grapes). The solutions may be direct substitution but special emphasis will be given to the integration of alternatives into system approaches.

Objectives

1. Establish the extent and reason for current use of Cu and Mineral Oils inputs across Europe.

2. Identify the possible alternatives (including possible innovations as well as those currently available).

3. Identify the barriers to the use of alternatives (social/ economic/ technical) and develop pathways for uptake.

4. Integrate alternatives and test system solution approaches.