"Let's look for solutions together!" Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen, opened the information event entitled "New Diseases and Pests: Consequences for the Green Sector" with this trendsetting sentence. The event which traditionally takes place on the second day of the trade fair was staged by IPM ESSEN 2017 in cooperation with the Federation of German Nurseries (BdB) and THE GREEN CITY foundation. High-ranking speakers informed nursery gardeners, landscape gardeners and decision takers from local authorities not only about the dangers of diseases and pests but also about the potentials for combatting them.
Green areas mean quality of life and are amongst the indispensable open spaces in our cities. At the same time, people are imposing ever more stringent requirements on public green spaces - in a restless world, there is a demand for possibilities for withdrawing into nature. However, these are exposed to the most diverse dangers: The transport of goods all around the world, globalisation and highly specialised pests - there are several reasons which are contributing to the fact that new diseases and pests are spreading amongst woody plants time and time again. It is all the more important to make plants fit against damaging factors by applying the latest findings. In this respect, the "Monitoring of Neuralgic Points" addressed by Gerhard Renker, Plant Protection Service of the North Rhine-Westphalia Chamber of Agriculture, was just one starting point amongst many.
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The event with three brief lectures and a discussion was compered by Peter Menke, Chairman of THE GREEN CITY foundation, and took place on the second day of the trade fair.
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