On November 12, 2020, the Minor Use Foundation, Inc. announced the top ten global priority crop protection needs to focus funding and research during 2021/22. The Foundation will provide progress updates on the 2021/22 priorities here as solutions, field trials and research teams are identified and as data is gathered.
May 2021 Update
The Foundation Board has agreed to fund the following priorities and initiate work:
- Indoxacarb on coffee
- Fluoxapiprolin on hops (efficacy studies)
- Picoxystrobin on mango
- Sulfoxaflor on passion fruit
The Foundation continues to work on identifying the tops solutions for field trials on other temperate, greenhouse and tropical crops. Please note, the list of solutions is not yet final as discussions continue.
|Greenhouse||Potted Plants||Western Flower Thrips||ISM-555|
|Temperate||Raspberry||SWD||No solution identified|
|Temperate||Dry Bulb Onion||Downy Mildew||No solution identified|
|Temperate||Blueberry||SWD||MBI-203 (Efficacy only on hold)|
|Temperate||Hops||Downy Mildew||Fluoxapiprolin (Efficacy studies)||✔|
|Temperate||Green onion||Downy mildew||Metalaxyl (no CODEX MRL)|
|Tropical||Coffee||Coffee Berry Borer||Indoxacarb||✔|
|Tropical||Passion fruit||Leafhopper, mealy bug, scale insects||Sulfoxaflor||✔|
About the 2021/22 Top Ten Priorities
The ten global priorities for developing research projects reflect input from two days of virtual workshops attended by over 180 participants representing 38 countries across the regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, Europe and North America. The third Global Minor Use Priority Setting Workshop coordinated by the Foundation was held September 21 and 22, 2020.
From a starting list in excess of 4,000 global crop protection needs from 56 countries identified over the past year and in the recent workshops, participants including growers, industry bodies, researchers, minor use programs, governments and product manufacturers worked collaboratively to narrow down the top ten priorities for greenhouse (protected) crops, temperate crops and tropical crops.
The priority crop protection needs globally identified are:
- Tuta absoluta on tomatoes
- Western flower thrips on ornamentals
- Spotted Wing Drosophila on raspberry
- Downy mildew on dry bulb onion
- Downy mildew on hops
- Spotted Wing Drosophila on blueberry
- Downy mildew on green onion (if possible to integrate with dry bulb)
- Phytophthora on avocado
- Anthracnose on mango
- Phytophthora on pineapple