As we face the future with fewer chemical tools in the toolbox, plus a demand for a further reduction in chemical usage, we need access to the new plant-breeding technologies to provide alternative solutions for plant protection.

The European Green Deal (EGD) recently published by the European Commission aims to achieve significant reductions in fertiliser and chemical inputs in European agriculture. Attaining these ambitious targets requires a multi-disciplinary approach that will need to exploit all available innovations to deliver the required sustainability goals.