International Workshop of Working Group Herbicide Tolerant Varieties of the European Weed Research Society was held at the Maize Department of the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops Novi Sad in period 29-31 May 2017.
The Workshop was attended by researchers and representatives of numerous companies from Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, USA, Denmark, Spain, Hungary and Serbia.
The event was officially opened by Dr. Dragana Miladinović, principal research fellow, coordinator for science and mentoring, and Head of the Laboratory for Biotechnology. She welcomed all the participants and wished them a successful work, business activities and beautiful memories related to the Institute and Novi Sad.
Lectures were held by the representatives of Czech University of Life Sciences from Prague, University of Belgrade, Institute of Entomology – Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS), the University of North Carolina from USA, Aarhus University from Denmark, University of Córdoba from Spain, Szent István University from Hungary, University of Applied Sciences Bingen from Germany, company Bayer and BASF from Germany and Monsanto Europe S.A. from Belgium. Lectures were divided in two sections; current topics related to the benefits and risks of using certain crops tolerant to herbicides, or new scientific and practical solutions for weed control, including parasitic plants, were covered within each of the section. Particular emphasis was placed on the use of these crops as part of integrated weed management system, while growing risk of weeds resistant to certain herbicides was highlighted.
Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops was represented by Dr. Goran Malidža, senior research associate, Dr. Goran Bekavac, adviser for genetics and plant breeding, Miloš Rajković, research assistant and Dr. Mirjana Vasić, principal research fellow, through a lecture “Benefits and challenges of using maize tolerant to cycloxydim”.
In addition, a lecture “Crops tolerant to herbicides in controlling parasitic weeds, with special emphasis on Orobanche Cumana and Cuscuta campestris in sunflower and sugar beet” was held. Dr. Vladimir Miklič, principal research fellow and Head of the Department for Industrial Crops, and Dr. Goran Bekavac, principal research fellow, spoke about the achievements of the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in the development and practical implementation of sunflower hybrids tolerant to herbicides imidazolinone and tribenuron-methyl, and maize hybrids tolerant to cycloxydim.
Mini Field Day was held within this event; four trial fields were shown with the new solutions in weed control in sunflower tolerant to imidazolinone (Clearfield Plus system) and tribenuron-methyl (NS Sumo hybrids), and weed control in sugar beet tolerant to ALS inhibitor herbicides.
During this event, eminent researchers had an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new results from this field, exchange ideas and make contacts for future projects and business activities. Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops has been confirmed one more time as a successful host with a tradition of nearly two decades in developing crops tolerant to certain herbicides and their placement in the international and domestic markets.