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Lunch (12.30 p.m. to 13.30 p.m.)

Part one : introduction and keynotes presentations

  • Delegates congregate in the meeting room (1.30 p.m.)

  • Welcome message from host, appointment of chairpersons and introduction to the objectives of the EWRN (1.45 p.m.)

      Managing Wireworms in Potatoes : Understanding the Problem and Solutions

      Wireworms in Austria : a challenge for farmers, producers and researchers

      Contribution of models to the assessment of risks associated with wireworm        infestation and damage​

Part two : country-based updates on wireworm problems and research advances

  • Introduction (3.15 p.m.)

  • Updates from Norway (Annette Folkedal Schjøll), Belgium (Willem Desmedt), Canada (Christine Noronha), Estonia (Mati Koppel), Germany (XXX), The Netherlands (Hilfred Huiting), United Kingdom (Martyn Cox), Spain (Amaia Ortiz Barredo)  and France (Ronan Le Cointe), Canada (Wim van Herk) (3.20 p.m. to 4.10 p.m.)​

Exceptional presentation of scientific posters

  • Development of ATTRACAP® : A novel biological control using attract-and-kill to target Agriotes spp. (4.10 p.m.)

  • Horizontal and vertical movement of wireworms, Agriotes sputator (Coleoptera : Elateridae) through soil in Canada (4.12 p.m.)​

  • Closing remarks from part one and two, introduction to part three (4.15 p.m.)

Coffee break (4.20 p.m. to 4.35 p.m.)

Part three : break-out session, group discussion

  • Delegates will form small groups to discuss a range of topics (4.35 p.m. to 5.35 p.m.)

  • Conclusions from group excercise (5.35 p.m.)

  • Closing remarks (6.00 p.m.)

  • End of workshop (6.05 p.m.)

Romain Voors
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Romans Voors
Technical Affairs Director at Europatat, Belgium

'Managing Wireworms in Potatoes : Understanding the Problem and Solutions'

Romans is currently working at Europatat where he is responsible for managing various trade and technical EU policy dossiers that have an impact on potato traders. He has over 15 years of professional experience in Brussels, advocating for the interests of member associations and trading companies within the EU's agri-food trade sector. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Food Technology and a Master's degree in Natural Sciences, both from the University of Latvia, his native country.

Europatat, European Potato Trade Association, promotes and defends the interests of potato traders across Europe, covering seed, ware, and early potato segments. Its diverse membership includes national associations and individual traders (breeders, distributors, storers, packers, importers, and exporters). Members of Europatat support the entire potato value chain, supplying seed potatoes to farmers, raw materials to the food industry, and packaged potatoes to retailers and food service providers.

Katharina Wechselberger
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Katharina Wechselberger
Entomologist at AGES Gmbh, Austria

'Wireworms in Austria : a challenge for farmers, producers and researchers'

Katharina WECHSELBERGER is an entomologist at the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES GmbH). Her research focuses on integrated pest management strategies for arable crop pests. She is currently leading an Austrian research project on wireworm control. The project is investigating the effectiveness of different control methods under practical conditions within standard crop rotations.

Sylvain Poggi

'Contribution of models to the assessment of risks associated with wireworm 
infestation and damage'

Sylvain Poggi
Research scientist at INRAE, France

Sylvain POGGI is a quantitative ecologist and data scientist at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE). His expertise in population dynamics, landscape ecology, mathematical and statistical modelling, is applied to challenging research questions, mainly focused on risk assessment, monitoring and forecasting, and sustainable management of insect pests.

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