IP Tools and Activities
The objectives of the IP commission are to support and facilitate implementation of IP/IPM:
- To establish a reference (framework and guidelines)
- To support any organisation or individual that seeks to implement IP in practice by developing tools that enables and supports the implementation of IP into practice (Toolbox)
- To promote IPM and IP and support steps towards practical implementation of IP and IPM undertaken by governments, NGO's, farmers organisations, companies or retailers.
- To endorse any regional organisations that wants to produce certified IP products (benchmark of regional guidelines)
Ideabook on Ecological Infrastructures
Ecological Infrastructures: Ideabook on Functional Biodiversity at the Farm Level, Temperate Zones of Europe.
Boller, E.F., Häni, F. & Poehling, H.-M. (eds.), 2004. 220 pp.
English-German, 1st Edition, LBL, Lindau
Free Download: IOBC Ideabook on Ecological Infrastructures (pdf)
Multifunctional agriculture, functional biodiversity, conservation biological control and ecological infrastructure are recent terms reflecting a change to a new philosophy in agricultural production. Healthy, safe food and an attractive, biodiverse production environment are becoming increasingly important benchmarks for high quality produce requested by critical, well-educated consumers. The International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) has a long tradition and much expertise in the fi eld of conservation biological control, and also in its incorporation into sustainable production systems. However, the practical implementation of scientific knowledge and further development of this knowledge at the farm level is often hampered by the lack of information about the available tools and expertise gained in other regions. Practical information is especially scarce and diffuse in the developing fields of functional biodiversity, habitat management and quality assessment of ecological infrastructures. The IOBC Commission on Integrated Production Guidelines and Endorsement has been able to motivate many specialists in Europe to help preparing this Ideabook. As a result of the very stimulating guidance by Dr. Ernst Boller, this Ideabook containing a wealth of until now unavailable information, could appear to fi ll important gaps in common knowledge about Integrated Production. With tools like this Ideabook IOBC pursues as international scientific organisation the traditional objective to make new, fi eld-tested and sustainable knowledge available to the farmers' community.
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Green and Yellow Lists of Plant Protection Measures
The IP commission presented in 2004 a novel way of representing the IPM approach in the logical sequence of prevention, need of control and control measures, in one table. It is called the green and yellow list of plant protection measures. It offers excellent opportunities to summarize in a concise and instructive way the status of IPM approach in a region or crop. Warmly recommended. See the example here of the Live organisation, the umbrella of IP wine producers in Oregon and Washington state, USA. This example really details the description of key pests and diseases and lists the possible measures. The IP commission supports this organisation.
IOBC-WPRS Pesticide Side Effect Database
The database on selectivity of pesticides has has been prepared jointly by the IOBC-WPRS Working Group on "Pesticides and Beneficial Organisms" and the Commission "Guidelines for Integrated Production" to assist organizations and growers in the choice of pesticides.
Database with search functions:
The database is restricted to IOBC-WPRS members
The IOBC-WPRS Commission "Guidelines for Integrated Production" benchmarks IP guidelines, on request, leading to advices for adaptation. When the guidelines sufficiently comply with the IP guidelines (both general and crop specific) IOBC-WPRS permits to use of the declaration "Produced under IOBC-WPRS IP endorsed guidelines" or to simply state the IP guidelines are endorsed by IOBC or equivalent sentences.
IOBC-WPRS does not endorse nor certify individual farmers practicing IP, but their organizations.
Technical Documents Archive
Supervised pest control includes monitoring pests with pheromone traps (© Agroscope).