What is Croprotect?
CROPROTECT is a web-based knowledge exchange system to provide farmers and agronomists with guidance on pest, weed and disease management, especially in situations where effective pesticides are not available and alternative approaches are required.Sign Up Now
The Croprotect Team
CROPROTECT is being developed by three crop protection experts from Rothamsted Research with technical help from Ether Creative.
Toby has a background in Ecology and Agricultural Entomology. He is co-ordinating CROPROTECT and building the content on pests. He has been at Rothamsted since 2000 and has always been interested in translating research into useful outcomes for growers, for example, in previous work on orange wheat blossom midge.
Jon has a background in Plant Pathology and is building the content on diseases. Jon has been at Rothamsted since 1997 and has a keen interest in the science into practise dimension of his research.
Stephen has a background in Weed Science and 25 years’ experience at Rothamsted. He is well known in the farming community as a reliable source of practical information on weeds. He is now an independent consultant and is building CROPROTECT weed management content.
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What is Croprotect Doing?
The knowledge exchange framework being built is web-based and comprises a number of linked modules:
A grower interface
where farm information and crop protection needs is entered by users. Growers input details of their pest, weed and disease challenges
A geographic information system
where farm data are held and mapped spatially
Module gathering information
about potential solutions, driven by curated data obtained from disparate industry and academic sources regarding pest, weed and disease management recommendations
A grower interface
and design of IPM systems module which is at the hub of the system
An information delivery module
that provides relevant solutions to individual users
Growers and agronomists can interact with CROPROTECT to obtain information about managing pests, weeds and diseases. CROPROTECT allows rapid transfer of information to farmers and agronomists and actively involves a growing community of users. It is a two-way system and allows us to obtain a detailed picture of specific challenges growers face as conventional pesticide options are diminished such as blackgrass in Winter wheat and flea beetle in oilseed rape. The basic framework is generic and kept as simple as possible as units are built to provide information about each of the major UK pest/weed/disease threats to crops.
CROPROTECT provides web-based knowledge sharing to support growers with information about integrated pest management (IPM) and alternatives to pesticides. Currently much of the information that is readily available relates only to pesticides and there is a lack of awareness of alternatives. Information is also needed because alternatives are often more complicated to use.