SRUC research on cereal disease management presented in Lithuania

Published Wednesday, 19th July 2017 in Research news

Photo caption (L-R): Dr Henry Creissen and Dr Thies Heick.

Recently Dr Henry Creissen of SRUC and Dr Thies Heick of Aarhus University were invited to present their research findings to the Lithuanian State Agricultural Advisory Service.

Their findings made up an intensive two day seminar for which they drafted the agenda along with Rimas Magyla, Head of the Lithuanian advisory service. Below Dr Henry Creissen outlines the event: 

When we were invited to present we were asked to address the general topic of ‘When to spray fungicides’? Based on our main research areas we decided to focus on wheat and barley disease management strategies, roughly dividing the course to spend a day focussing on wheat and one on barley. Owing to the relatively short notice we both quickly compiled data and presentations from our current and my previous institute (in March I moved to SRUC from Teagasc in Ireland). This combination of our own and our colleagues work was vital to cover the breadth of topics required from the brief.

The first day began with a meeting with the translators to answer a few technical questions they had and explain a few key terms. The vast majority of the 50+ audience members spoke little English; therefore all communications were through translators and headsets.

Once we were familiar with the set up and pleasantries had been exchanged I began with a session on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with respect to disease control in cereals. Immediately we asked the participants to complete a short task, to write down their own definition of IPM.

Responses were translated and sent to Prof Gareth Hughes. He created a word cloud which we presented the following day, drawing comparisons and contrasts to those attained through stakeholder workshops and 2nd year Agriculture students at SRUC. The point of the session was to illustrate the fact that different groups of people can perceive IPM very differently in terms of the weight they place on different IPM related criteria.

Research topics presented over the two days included crop physiology (thanks Prof Ian Bingham), cereal crop pathology and fungicide control strategies (thanks Prof Fiona Burnett and Dr Neil Havis) and a great deal on Integrated Pest Management. Overall the impression was that they were very pleased with the programme we delivered. The result being that we’ve been asked to deliver a similar course in September of this year.

Many thanks to my co-host Dr Thies Heick and to those at SRUC who supported me in this venture. It was certainly an experience not to be forgotten.

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Photo caption: Conference participants listening with their headsets.


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