The Inter-Sectional Service Plant Committee moves out of its “comfort zone” (sic)
In 2022, CISPS (Inter-Sectional Service Plant Committee) launched two new projects.
The first concerns the development and implementation of two protocols for the evaluation of a white clover variety as a perennial companion plant for cash crops, as part of an oilseed rape-wheat rotation for forage seed production. Four trials have just been set up.
The second project is even more forward-looking as it addresses a very innovative issue at the CTPS, phytoremediation of contaminated soils using hyperaccumulative plants. A bibliographical study carried out by AgroParisTech students and supervised by the CISPS for six months should make it possible to carry out a state of knowledge on the use of plants as a means of depolluting soils, and to highlight the possibilities of overcoming certain technical, agronomic and even economic obstacles through genetic improvement.
In addition, the CISPS experts finalised an evolution of the rules and reference values for VCUS admission of service plants for four species and groups of model species, and are contributing to the study and/or implementation of variety testing protocols for pests and diseases or alternative methods for measuring the covering capacity of intermediate crops.