06 January 2022
R&D initiative targets sector challenges
NEXT week a new initiative will be launched by FERA that will target a long-standing problem for potato growers.
The company, which investigates and looks for solutions in plant health, crop protection, sustainable agriculture and chemical safety will officially Enigma, an R&D model for the agri-food sector, at a virtual launch event on January 13th.
Thought to be one of the first research models of its kind to be introduced to the agri-food sector, Enigma is being hailed as a game changer for the sector which help address R&D gaps, and the launch event will detail how Enigma will support the industry to address challenges and help create sustainable food production systems that are truly fit for the future.
‘Enigma I’ will also be launched during this online event. Fera will be showcasing the first Enigma project, ‘Sustainable Wireworm IPM’ which will focus on the identification and understanding of modern wireworm populations to underpin effective monitoring and management.
As a problem that continues to affect potato and carrot growers, there is felt to be a strong need to undertake applied R&D to understand how and why the pattern of wireworm damage is changing.