Open forum: How to improve Softpest, working group's websiteon available pesticides and biocontrol agents in soft fruits?


Abstract: Softpest is a website initiated by the IOBC Working group “Soft Fruits” after theworkshop in East Malling (UK) in 2007. It lists the availability of pesticides and biocontrolagents in 15 countries against the 14 most important pests and diseases of strawberries andraspberries. The platform relies on more than 20 contributors and data are updated once a year.Although calls were made to integrate more countries, crops, pests and diseases in the database,no real progress has been achieved. Ways to improve website's design, database structure,content, administrator rights and update frequencies are proposed. Results of this open discussionshould be used to build a better website with more accurate and helpful information.

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