Special issue on precision crop protection
John V. Stafford
Published online: 5 November 2008
Ó Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008
A workshop on precision crop protection was held alongside the 5th European Conference
on Precision Agriculture in Uppsala, Sweden, 2005. Such was the success of the workshop
that some of the delegates, based at Bonn University, Germany, decided to organise a full
conference on the topic in October 2007. This conference attracted about 100 researchers
and others interested in the topic; they were able to listen to and discuss some 30 oral
presentations. More than 20 posters were also exhibited.
The topic of precision crop protection has been somewhat of a ‘cinderella’ topic in
PRAG, with few papers published in the 9 volumes to date. The conference was therefore
seen as an excellent source of material to correct that imbalance. Consequently, papers
based on the oral presentations were invited and this special issue is the ﬁrst result.
I am indebted to Dr. Ken Evans, an international expert in nematology, for so ably
editing the papers for this special issue. And I would also like to recognise the foresight
of Dr. Erich-Christian Oerke for instigating the Bonn conference and, together with
Mrs. Ingrid Sikora, so efﬁciently organising the meeting.
J. V. Stafford (&)
Silsoe Solutions, Ampthill, Bedford, UK
Precision Agric (2008) 9:339