Call for Projects

WE CURRENTLY HAVE FOUR PROJECT CALLS

 

Project Title:  PHC2022/01 The evidence-base for tailored plant nutrition as a tool for improved crop health and reduced reliance on pesticides.

Plant nutritional status can be one driver of crop pest and disease risk, but this varies by crop, by nutrient and by the pest/pathogen involved. Interest in the use of crop nutritional status and tailored crop nutrition to improve crop health is farmer-led, with little in the way of robust evidence sources on the types of approaches and products appropriate to Scotland. Through stakeholder engagement and literature review, this project will gain a better understanding of key available options as used by farmers/agronomists that will be used to inform best practice for reducing reliance on pesticides.

Please see the call for full details and apply using the application form below before 12pm on 31st October 2022

 

Project Title:  PHC2022/02 Understanding farmer/agronomist perceptions for decision making in crop health and the impact of that on key metrics such as IPM scores and pesticide usage

Previous research has shown that better informed farmers and agronomists can make better IPM decisions and score higher in IPM metrics. Research has also identified that decision making on farm is often shared between the farm agronomist and the farmer. However, there is a knowledge gap on how factors influencing IPM scores link to available impact metrics such as pesticide usage.   This project will identify the drivers and barriers to further adoption of IPM practices for different decision makers and for different farm types, improving the ability to tailor IPM research and knowledge transfer and exchange activities to consider, if not overcome, those barriers and improve uptake.

Please see the call for full details and apply using the application form below before 12pm on 31st October 2022

 

Project Title:  PHC2022/03 Potential of biocontrol for the sustainable management of plant diseases in Scotland: Opportunities and barriers

Previous PHC projects found that biocontrol is one of the elements of IPM with a role to play in mitigating pesticide withdrawals. However, it is currently unclear how practical biocontrol is as a suitable alternative to pesticides in Scotland, what the opportunities are for deployment across different sectors and what barriers exist to uptake.  This project invites applicants to undertake a review outlining the current status and future potential role of biocontrol agents in Scotland to allow informed decision-making regarding microbial biocontrol use in Scotland to promote plant health. 

Please see the call for full details and apply using the application form below before 12pm on 31st October 2022

 

Project Title:  PHC2022/04: Enhancing preparedness against pests and diseases: plugging evidence gaps for Scotland

Preparedness for action should new pests and diseases arrive in Scotland depends upon available evidence, drawn from many sources, including UK Plant Health Risk Register.  However, the evidence base is often lacking and a better evidence base is required to improve Scotland’s preparedness and ultimately resilience against a wide range of future threats from pests and diseases. This is an open call to help plug these evidence gaps with respect to important threats to Scotland’s plants – whether widespread, rare, domesticated or native to provide a better evidence base to improve Scotland’s preparedness and ultimately resilience against a wide range of future threats from pests and diseases.

Please see the call for full details and for more information on the remit of the projects the PHC commission, including areas that are not within scope, and for previous examples of our projects please refer to the projects page on the PHC website.   Apply using the application form below before 12pm on 31st October 2022. 

 

All feedback and queries related to these calls should be emailed to info@planthealthcentre.scot before Friday 21st October 2022.  All non-confidential queries and answers will be published on this website.

All applications should be submitted by email to info@planthealthcentre.scot before 12pm on Monday 31st October 2022. 

 

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