The IPM (Integrated Plant Protection) Group has been actively working for decades and established the educational, research and development background of IPM/IPP. The guiding principle of the Group is that IPM/IPP is not simply a Tool Box of control tools but rather a system in which the plant protection is placed into a spatio-temporal context and encompasses rotation/cropping system. This is in line with the IOBC guidelines and with the recent EU Pesticide Framework principles.
The group runs courses at BSc, MSc and PhD levels. These courses start with Basics of integrated pest management, the Integrated pest management of arable and horticultural crops, Pest forecast, Pests and Diseases of Ornamentals and "Selected Topics in IPM" in English for ERASMUS/TEMPUS students.Focal research areas of the Group:
- maize based cropping systems, specifically IPM of key in pests (e.g. Diabrotica virgifera virgifera);
- arable crops and semi-natural areas with special emphasis on natural regulating mechanisms (predators);
- innovative technologies (e.g. genetically modified crops and their environmental risk assessment);
We pays special attention to training of farmers, advisors based on participatory principles. Accordingly, the group coordinated the following ENDURE (EU-6 Framework, Network of Excellence) activities ’Developing training material for IPM learning’, ’Maize Based System Case Study’ and took part in the works ’Meta-analyses of rotational effects on weeds and pests’, ’Developing of the Endure centre for use by adviser’.