The group was set up by a number of rape crop pathologists and entomologists in 1982. In 1990 the group’s activity was expanded to linseed, sunflower and false flax. It comprises approximately 30 active scientists.
To keep up with rapid progress made in this field of research, meetings are held regularly. The group exchanges experiences and maintains a close collaboration with experts in crop protection and the production of oilseed crops, as well as with other international oilseed crop organisations such as the Groupe Consultatif International de Recherche sur le Colza (GCIRC), the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA) and the European Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO). Joint field experiments are carried out in different member countries to study the interaction between varietal resistance and disease control in order to minimize the use of fungicides in rape.
Research is made into the occurrence and distribution of pests and diseases, monitoring, forecasting, establishment of damage thresholds, plant resistance biofungicides, seed pathology and seed quality, crop rotation, parasitoids, use of bait plants for pest control, possible pest control by entomophagous fungi and on pheromones.
Exchanges of scientists assure dissemination and sharing of knowledge and expertise. Many members of the group are involved in EU research projects and concerted actions such as Biocontrol of Oilseed Rape Insect Pests (BORIS and MASTER), Integrated Strategies for the management of Stem Canker of Oilseed Rape in Europe (IMASCORE), Stem Canker of Oilseed Rape: Molecular Tools and Mathematical Modelling to deploy durable Resistance (SECURE) and alternative oil-seed crop Camelina saliva.
The results of the working group’s activities are published in bulletins, scientific journals, and proceedings.
Meeting reports are available here: https://wwwuser.gwdg.de/~iobc/index.php
durable disease resistance of cultivars, early identification of pathogens and pests, biological control, biodiversity, gene technology, IPS-strategies