With the continued global spread of transgenic crops expressing insect-control traits, IRAC has a major role to provide education on IRM in this area and to promote the implementation of effective IRM strategies. In particular, in those countries where no collaborative organisation currently existed, it was agreed that IRAC could play an especially useful role in helping to ensure that good IRM practices are understood and followed. The team has an on-going activity to identify and work with appropriate bodies in key countries, and to develop educational and influencing material that can be used to promote its work.
- Successfully launch CropLife International Integrated Biotech IRM Strategy
- Enhance/build IRM infrastructure in key tropical environments (Brazil & Argentina)
- Support adoption of IRM program by tech providers and regulators in Vietnam and Indonesia
- Support Global IRM Workshops
- Work collaboratively with IRAC Crop Protection teams to integrate IRM for traits & chemistry
External Links to References:
Practical Approaches to Insect Resistance Management for Biotech Crops (2012)
Chemical insecticides can be applied to conventional and transgenic crops expressing insecticidal proteins. When conducting a pest management program, it is important to take into account IRM considerations for both the transgenic trait (i.e. refuge adoption) and the chemistries being employed (both foliar applied and seed treatments). The IRAC Statement lists the key factors that should be considered when assessing the IRM value of applying the chemical insecticide.
IRAC held their 49th International Spring Meeting at the Hamner Conference Center, Research Triangle Park, NC hosted by BASF and Bayer CropScience on 17-20 March 2014. There were 9 sessions held over the 4 days including various working group planning meetings, a meeting of the IRAC Executive, and an “International Day” with four invited guest speakers. Presentations from the ‘International Day’ can be found on the IRAC website Resources Page by filtering for Spring Meeting 2014. In addition to the normal topics it was also a celebration of the 30th anniversary since the formation of IRAC in 1984.