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Pesticides and agroecological transition: stakes and progress

This theme was at the heart of the work of the 49th Congress of the French Group for Research on Pesticides, held this year in Montpellier. An edition marked by an important participation of researchers from around the Mediterranean and the organization of a round table open to the public.

The 49th congress of the French Pesticide Research Group (GFP) was held from 21 to 24 May 2019 in Montpellier with the main theme "Pesticides and Agroecological Transition: Challenges and Advances". This 2019 edition was organized by the Lisah and Itap research units, with the support of: the Occitanie region, Inra, Irstea, IRD and Key Initiatives Muse Waters and Vine & Wine Sciences. This 2019 edition brought together nearly 200 participants for 82 oral scientific papers or posters.

It had a strong Mediterranean hue through the participation of 28 delegates from abroad, a large majority from countries around the Mediterranean (Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey). Sub-Saharan Africa was also represented by 3 scientists from Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon. This marked foreign participation reflects the rise in the environmental problem related to the use of pesticides in the South.

Presented papers also indicated a strengthening of the work on the understanding and the reduction of the uses of pesticides, and on the impacts of the spreading on the scale of the biological organisms as well as that of the landscapes.

The congress was also an opportunity to organize an event open to the public, combining conferences and a debate on the agronomic and environmental issues of plant protection in the agroecological transition in the Mediterranean. This event made it possible to compare different points of view around a round table involving researcher, agronomist, farmer, local elected representative and agro-supplies distributor. Beyond the shared observation of the necessary agro-ecological transition of wine growing systems, a consensus emerged strongly about the need to rely on local actors and initiatives to stimulate the expected change.

Finally, the congress was also an opportunity to present original study devices to participants of the congress, the Environmental Research Observatory "OMERE" of Lisah in Roujan and the technological center "ReducPol" of Itap (evaluation methods pesticide spraying) on ​​the Lavalette site.

Abstracts of conference papers and videos of the roundtable and its introductory lectures are available by clicking
here