Dr. Van Helden researches pest management in the vineyards of France.
Why Work with Farmers to Improve Biodiversity Bordeaux’s Vineyards?
"The educational aim of this work is to make people aware that ‘biodiversity' is not just focused on nature conservation or endangered species. By observing ‘common' biodiversity in a cultivated area, people start to appreciate the direct environment they are living in and understand that agriculture has a direct impact on biodiversity. Even very simple agro-environmental measurements that are easy to apply at the farm scale can improve biodiversity."
How Do You Take Part in the Improvement of Wine-Growing Practices?
Dr. Van Helden is one of the scientific referees of Vitinnov, an association dedicated to innovation in viticulture. This association helps wine growers to manage their vineyards using environmentally friendly practices, including alternative practices to reduce use of pesticides, monitoring systems for diseases and pests, and improved management of landscape and biodiversity.