Sustainable development implies meeting the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Control of the various pests on crops (i.e. any living organism likely to result in quantitative or qualitative crop loss) is the cornerstone of the agricultural challenges of the twenty-first century. Indeed, without the control measures implemented by farmers, pests would be responsible for 50 to 75% of yield losses for the main agricultural productions worldwide. Crop protection still depends heavily on the use of pesticides with ecological and health issues. Sustainable management of biotic stress in agroecosystems therefore implies social (capacity to satisfy the needs of populations in terms of agricultural goods, both quantitatively and qualitatively); ecological (mainly by reducing the use of pesticides that may impact biodiversity); and economic performances for all involved actors. In order to do so, agroecology makes it possible to value the regulations that take place within agroecosystems at the field and landscape levels.

The teaching purposes of GASCON are to learn: i) current conceptual bases of Agroecological Crop Protection; (iii) methodological bases for generating new knowledge; (iii) methodological bases for modeling; and (iv) knowledge, concepts and methods for the design of agroecological strategies for pest management at the landscape level.

The module is composed of four complementary grains:

- Grain 1: Agroecological Crop Protection: concepts, methods and hands-on experience
- Grain 2: experimental approaches for Agroecological Crop Protection
- Grain 3: modeling approaches for for Agroecological Crop Protection
- Grain 4: agroecological pest management at the landscape level.

The development of this module was supported by UVED and ANR (Agreencamp project). GASCON is part of the Virtual University of Agroecology.

We hope that you will enjoy learning with GASCON as much as we did building it!

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