Decision support system for Potato cyst nematode management

R.J.F. van Haren, K. Osmers, S. Krussel, Irmgard Starmann, Iain Milne, Micha Bayer

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Potato cyst nematodes (PCN) are in the Northern Netherlands and the Weser-Ems Region in Germany a major issue for farmers. The yearly average damage by PCN is about 100 Euros/hectare for farmers. Infestations of potato cyst nematodes can be controlled in a sustainable way by proper potato variety selection. Potato varieties vary in the degree of tolerance and resistance to PCN. However, this knowledge is used by only a small fraction of the farmers. The AGROBIOKON project, which is funded by the INTERREG EDR-region, the Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen and the Dutch farmers association, have developed a decision support system for potato variety selection based upon population dynamic models for PCN: OPTIRas. The scientific principles and the model behind the decision support system will be presented. The model will be applied to PCN field experiments in the Weser-Ems region. Experience of using this decision support system in farmer study groups in the Netherlands and Germany will be shared.
Translated title of the contributionBeslissingsondersteunend systeem voor management aardappelmoeheid
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2008
EventDeutsche Pflanzenschutztagung: [Pflanzenproduktion in Wandel - Wandel im Pflanzenschutz?] - Kiel, Germany
Duration: 22 Sept 200825 Sept 2008
Conference number: 56


ConferenceDeutsche Pflanzenschutztagung
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  • potato cyst nematodes
  • OPTIRas
  • decision support system
  • user interface
  • learning by doing


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