• NITROGEN use in vegetables is set for further refinement through the latest EU-funded research project. ENVEG will co-ordinate research across Europe, collating results to come up with the best recommendation system possible, says UK participant HRI Wellesbourne.
• HERBICIDE resistance in broad-leaved weeds is a minimal threat to UK growers, says the Weed Resistance Action Group. However, WRAG advises against relying on sulfonylurea herbicide alone to control common broad-leaved weeds throughout the rotation. Resistance to sulfonylureas has been confirmed in poppies in Spain and common chickweed in three north European countries.
• CONSUMERS and environmentalists are getting a bigger say in the way pesticides are used on UK farms. The Pesticide Forum, a government-backed think-tank appoin-ted to promote more responsible use, now includes seven members representing lower input farming, the environment and consumers. Just one-third of the forums membership now represents mainstream farming interests.
• THE latest biotech alliance among major agro-chemical manufacturers is between Rhône-Poulenc and Dow Agrosciences. The main aim of the joint research is to develop genetically modified plants and seed products containing more than one new characteristic. The initiative extends the co-operation already underway between RP and Dow subsidiary Mycogen, adding insect control genes and new crop opportunities. *