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Oilseed rape Cabbage Stem Flee Beetle (CSFB) pest incidence and crop protection practice monitoring and data analysis. - CH0207

Description
Unusual 2014 results show a rapid increase in the cabbage stem flea beetle pest on oilseed rape following the neonicotinoids ban. This unprecedented population increase has coincided with the changes in pattern of control measures as a result of the neonicotinoid ban and the increased resistance of pests to pyrethroids (alternative insecticides). This survey will establish whether this increase in cabbage stem flea beetle is a one-off event or whether, as farmers fear, cabbage stem flea beetle has become a more serious, persistent threat to oilseed rape crops in the main growing areas.

General objective
To measure changes in Cabbage Stem Flee Beetle (CSFB) pest prevalence in autumn and spring 2015, and monitor trends in agronomic practice for pest management, to inform evidence-based policy making within Defra.


1. Undertake autumn and spring assessment of the incidence of CSFB on oilseed rape as an addition to the regular annual surveys Fera has been carrying out for Defra since 1984.
2. Collect statistically robust data on pest levels for 80 commercially managed winter oilseed rape fields stratified by oilseed rape growing area and farm size and record agronomic practice, including pesticide use.
3. All the data produced for this survey will be added to the long term existing database and subject to data analysis, for knowledge transfer and information to industry as well as additional collaborative research activities to further develop techniques and analyses to support sustainable policy development within Defra.
Objective
1. Undertake autumn and spring assessment of the incidence of CSFB on oilseed rape as an addition to the regular annual surveys Fera has been carrying out for Defra since 1984.
2. Collect statistically robust data on pest levels for 80 commercially managed winter oilseed rape fields stratified by oilseed rape growing area and farm size and record agronomic practice, including pesticide use.
3. All the data produced for this survey will be added to the long term existing database and subject to data analysis, for knowledge transfer and information to industry as well as additional collaborative research activities to further develop techniques and analyses to support sustainable policy development within Defra.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2015

To: 2016

Cost: £24,713
Contractor / Funded Organisations
F E R A (FERA)
Keywords
Crops