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Released: 24-Nov-2014 11:00 AM EST
Source Newsroom: Kansas State University

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C. Michael Smith, professor of entomology at Kansas State University.

 

Newswise — MANHATTAN, Kansas — Two Kansas State University faculty members have been named 2014 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, the world’s largest scientific society.
The following Kansas State University faculty members were selected as fellows:
• C. Michael Smith, professor of entomology, for distinguished contributions to entomological sciences, particularly in the fields of plant-insect interactions and plant resistance to insects.
• Christopher Sorensen, Cortelyou-Rust university distinguished professor of physics and university distinguished teaching scholar, for pioneering contributions in soft matter physics, disperse particulate systems and light scattering; teaching curriculum development and outreach; and service to the scientific community.
Smith and Sorensen are among 401 fellows chosen this year. Their selection follows a vote by their peers in the association, who looked at potential fellow’s distinguished efforts to advance science.
The professors will be recognized at a certificate and pinning ceremony at the association’s annual meeting Feb. 14, 2015, in San Jose, California.
“We’re proud of our newest fellows in the AAAS and congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition,” said Kirk Schulz, university president. “Dr. Smith and Dr. Sorensen have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to the advancement of science, research and education. Our distinguished researchers and their recognitions will help Kansas State University become a Top 50 public research university by 2025.”
The 2014 fellows will be announced in the AAAS News and Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 28.
Smith has spent more than 30 years conducting research on plant resistance to arthropods. Before joining Kansas State University, he studied the allelochemical basis of resistance in soybean and rice as well as cereal gene expression in response to aphids and mites. He has helped characterize a gene cluster in wheat responsible for creating resistance to the Russian wheat aphid as well as identified factors affecting the expression of R genes in this cluster.
As a 2002 Fulbright scholar, he collaborated with European and African scientists to identify the first Russian wheat aphid biotypes in North Africa and South America. He is currently developing biotype-sensitive molecular markers. Additionally, collaborations with entomology, plant pathology and agronomy researchers have identified wheat genotypes with multiple resistances to wheat curl mite and several viruses transmitted by the mite.
Smith’s research has been supported by more than $4.7 million in funding, and he has published three books, 17 book chapters and more than 103 refereed journal articles. He has mentored 20 graduate-level students. He also was named a fellow of the Entomological Society of America in 2006.
Sorensen devotes his time to both teaching and research. His research interests are diverse. He performs experimental and theoretical studies of light scattering by particles of arbitrary shape, which is related to how aerosol particles affect global warming. He uses chemical methods to synthesize nanoparticles and then studies their solution and self-assembly behavior. He has developed a novel method for the large-scale production of graphene, and he studies gelation and aggregation kinetics in aerosols and colloids. His service to science includes a term as president of the American Association for Aerosol Research. Sorensen has authored more than 280 technical publications and holds six patents, with three more pending.
His teaching interests are equally diverse as he has taught at all levels. He conceived and developed hands-on studio instruction in physics, applying it broadly. He has won multiple teaching awards, including being named the 2007 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year.
He has given more than 100 invited lectures in the U.S. and abroad, including five lectures on a Scientific American Bright Horizons cruise around Cape Horn.
Kansas State University currently has 20 faculty members who are AAAS fellows.

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Released: 12-Nov-2014 9:50 AM EST
Source Newsroom: Kansas State University

Newswise — MANHATTAN, Kansas — Kansas State University researchers have developed a patented method of keeping mosquitoes and other insect pests at bay.
U.S. Patent 8,841,272, “Double-Stranded RNA-Based Nanoparticles for Insect Gene Silencing,” was recently awarded to the Kansas State University Research Foundation, a nonprofit corporation responsible for managing technology transfer activities at the university. The patent covers microscopic, genetics-based technology that can help safely kill mosquitos and other insect pests.
Kun Yan Zhu, professor of entomology; Xin Zhang, research associate in the Division of Biology; and Jianzhen Zhang, visiting scientist from Shanxi University in China, developed the technology: nanoparticles comprised of a nontoxic, biodegradable polymer matrix and insect derived double-stranded ribonucleic acid, or dsRNA. Double-stranded RNA is a synthesized molecule that can trigger a biological process known as RNA interference, or RNAi, to destroy the genetic code of an insect in a specific DNA sequence.
The technology is expected to have great potential for safe and effective control of insect pests, Zhu said.
“For example, we can buy cockroach bait that contains a toxic substance to kill cockroaches. However, the bait could potentially harm whatever else ingests it,” Zhu said. “If we can incorporate dsRNA specifically targeting a cockroach gene in the bait rather than a toxic substance, the bait would not harm other organisms, such as pets, because the dsRNA is designed to specifically disable the function of the cockroach gene.”
Researchers developed the technology while looking at how to disable gene functions in mosquito larvae. After testing a series of unsuccessful genetic techniques, the team turned to a nanoparticle-based approach.
Once ingested, the nanoparticles act as a Trojan horse, releasing the loosely bound dsRNA into the insect gut. The dsRNA then triggers a genetic chain reaction that destroys specific messenger RNA, or mRNA, in the developing insects. Messenger RNA carries important genetic information.
In the studies on mosquito larvae, researchers designed dsRNA to target the mRNA encoding the enzymes that help mosquitoes produce chitin, the main component in the hard exoskeleton of insects, crustaceans and arachnids.
Researchers found that the developing mosquitoes produced less chitin. As a result, the mosquitoes were more prone to insecticides as they no longer had a sufficient amount of chitin for a normal functioning protective shell. If the production of chitin can be further reduced, the insects can be killed without using any toxic insecticides.
While mosquitos were the primary insect for which the nanoparticle-based method was developed, the technology can be applied to other insect pests, Zhu said.
“Our dsRNA molecules were designed based on specific gene sequences of the mosquito,” Zhu said. “You can design species-specific dsRNA for the same or different genes for other insect pests. When you make baits containing gene-specific nanoparticles, you may be able to kill the insects through the RNAi pathway. We see this having really broad applications for insect pest management.”
The patent is currently available to license through the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, which licenses the university’s intellectual property. The Institute for Commercialization can be contacted at 785-532-3900 and ic@k-state.edu.
Eight U.S. patents have been awarded to the Kansas State University Research Foundation in 2014 for inventions by Kansas State University researchers.

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Dear Sir or Madam,

On behalf of the International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS) and the local organisations responsible for organising this International Plant Protection Congress series, it is our great pleasure to invite you to the XVIII. International Plant Protection Congress (IPPC) 2015, scheduled from 24-27 August 2015 at Henry Ford Building, Berlin (Germany).

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We would like to hereby kindly remind you that abstract submission is possible in English and online until 1 February 2015. Please click here to submit your abstract online.

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We are happy to announce that several societies offer travel grants for international conferences such as the IPPC. Please visit our conference homepage www.ippc2015.de to find a small collection of funding opportunities and the corresponding application requirements.
ATTENTION! Please note that the application deadline of the Browning Plant Medicine and Health Travel Award ends on 14 November, 2014 and the application deadline of the Student Educational Award (both awards offered by the American Phytopathological Society) ends on 21 November, 2014.Take advantage of this opportunity and apply now!

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Muni Muniappan wins award for work in tropical agriculture

 

Saving the papaya industry in southern India. Discovering an invasive species in Senegal and Nepal. Connecting researchers in developing countries. These are some of the accomplishments of entomologist Rangaswamy “Muni” Muniappan that caught the attention of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development and that won him the organization’s 2014 award for scientific excellence.

Muniappan received the BIFAD Award for Scientific Excellence today in Des Moines, Iowa. It is presented each year by the presidentially appointed body that governs U.S. foreign assistance in agriculture.

Muniappan is director of the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab, a venture that works in developing countries to achieve three vital aims: minimize crop losses, increase farmer income, and decrease pesticide use. Muniappan, a longtime expert in the study of insects that benefit or harm humans, leads a multimillion dollar research portfolio of projects that includes partners from 16 American universities and 51 overseas organizations.

Muniappan discovered the papaya mealybug in Asia and helped employ biological control to eradicate it, which restored the livelihoods of thousands of farmers on the Asian subcontinent. This translated to an economic benefit of more than $1 billion over five years, according to a study published in the Journal of Crop Protection.

His discovery of the tomato leafminer (Tuta absoluta) in Senegal allowed experts to be warned so that preventive biological control measures could be taken for a pest that likely threatens all sub-Saharan tomato farmers.

Muniappan has created incentives for scientists to work together across national boundaries. He recently brought together scientists from South Asia and Central America in a conference on invasive species in Senegal.

Muniappan’s achievements also include control of such pests as the pink hibiscus mealybug, the fruit-piercing moth, the red coconut scale, the banana weevil, and the Asian cycad scale. He has worked to control weeds including the Siam weed, lantana, and the ivy gourd. He has been instrumental in establishing working groups for the weeds chromolaena and parthenium within the International Organization for Biological Control.

Muniappan’s career includes 36 years spent in Guam; a stint as a Fulbright Research Scholar in India; a UN Food and Agriculture Organization consultant in the Maldives, Palau, and Vanuatu; and a visiting professorship at the University of Guyana.

An honorary member of the International Organization for Biological Control since 2010, Muniappan has published journal articles in the Journal of Economic Entomology and Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the innovation lab is managed by Virginia Tech’s Office of International Research, Education, and Development.

Related articles:
1. Speckled beetle key to saving crops in Ethiopia
http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2014/08/082214-outreach-oiredspeckledbeetle.html
2. Halting crop destruction in India saves up to $309 million
http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2014/01/012214-outreach-oiredindiasaveddollars.html
3. Virginia Tech research program confirms presence of invasive insect in Senegal
http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2012/09/092812-oired-tuta.html
4. Virginia Tech entomologist helps Asian farmers fend off papaya mealybug
http://www.vt.edu/spotlight/innovation/2012-10-15-india/mealybug.html

 

 

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Prepared by Dr. Deena Errampalli, President, Canadian Phytopathological Society

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The 11th European Foundation for Plant Pathology (EFPP) conference was held in Krakow, Poland from Sept 8-13, 2014. More than 300 delegates from 44 countries and 5 continents attended the conference and shared their scientific research, developed new collaborations and strengthened existing collaborations.

The EFPP (http://www.efpp.net/default.htm) Board met with the representatives of different plant pathology Societies from Europe and Canada (Photo below). See the REPORT OF THE 12th MEETING OF THE BOARD OF THE EFPP WITH DELEGATES OF MEMBER SOCIETIES Krakow, Monday 8 September 2014 at: http://www.efpp.net/Documents/DRAFT%20Report%20Board%20meeting%20EFPP%20Krakow%202014.pdf

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12th Meeting of the EFPP board and delegates of member societies.
In front, from left to right: Dr. Arne Hermansen (EFPP treasurer), Dr. Piet M. Boonekamp (EFPP vice-president), Prof. Małgorzata Mańka (EFPP president), Dr. Martin Verbeek (EFPP general secretary).
Middle row, from left to right: Prof. Tatiana E. Şesan (Romania), Dr. Deena Errampalli (Canada), Prof. Małgorzata Jędryczka (Poland), Dr. Lesley Torrance (UK).
Back row, from left to right: Prof. Piotr Sobiczewski (Poland), Prof. Maria I. Clara (Portugal), Prof. Maria M. Lopez (Spain), Dr. Petr Komínek (Czech Republic), Prof. Radovan Pokorný (Czech Republic), Dr. Victoria Luksha (Belarus), Dr. Natalia Sklimenok (Belarus), Dr. Nenad Keča (Serbia)

The conference with the theme, ‘Healthy Plants- Healthy People’, was opened by Prof Malgorzata Mańka, President of the EFPP and the dignitaries from Poland brought best wishes to the delegates. Deena Errampalli extended greetings from Canadian plant pathologists to the European colleagues. An excellent scientific program was organised by Prof. Piotr Sobiczewski (Chair) and in his international scientific committee. A special thank you goes to Prof. Malgorzata (Gosia) Jedryczka (Secretary of the Scientific Committee),whose careful thought, creativity, dedication, leadership and hard work in the organization of every aspect of the conference made it a memorable event for all those that had attended the conference. There were eight contributed oral presentations sessions: 1. New pathogens and shifts in pathogenicity; 2. Toxic metabolites of pathogens; 3. Pathogen identification, detection and monitoring; 4. Genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics; 5. Diseases of trees in forests and recreation sites; 6. Plant disease management; 7. Plant pathogens in soil, air, and water and 8. Plant disease resistance. A special session in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, with a lecture on biological monitoring in the treatment salt chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mine Health Resort, concluded with an amazing conference dinner, in the hall about 125 meters below the ground level, with the floors, ceiling and walls, made up by salt rock. In addition, three workshops on Ramularia leaf spot of barley, Black leg of crucifers and Clubroot of crucifers, and the 5th International Seed Health Conference were held on the September 12th. At the EFPP conference closing ceremony, awards for best poster presentations in each of the scientific and workshop sessions were presented (Photo below).

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EFPP Conference award winners

The conference concluded with a field tour to the ecological orchard (September 12th) where participants observed diseases of tree fruits, and an excursion and field trip to the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland area, a land of caves, castles, and unusual limestone cliffs, ravines and rock formations in the forest (September 13). http://www.efpp11-krakow.pl/ The next EFPP conference will be held in 2017 (location to be determined).

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What’s new at ICARDA Issue 19, September 2014

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Dr. Mustapha El Bouhssini, principle entomologist at ICARDA

ICARDA scientist wins prestigious international award An ICARDA scientist has been awarded a prestigious international award from the International Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), the largest organization in the world that serves the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and individuals in related disciplines. Dr. Mustapha El Bouhssini, principle entomologist at ICARDA, has received the ‘Distinguished Scientist Award’ in recognition of his significant contributions to entomological research and a career devoted to sustainable agricultural research for development. He is a specialist in integrated pest management, applying cultural practices, biological control, botanical insecticides, and host plant resistance to boost the production of wheat, barley, chickpea, lentil, and fava bean.  This is the latest in a series of awards over the past decade. This year Dr. El Bouhssini received an Award of Merit for his research in Morocco on Hessian Fly resistance in wheat from the International Plant Resistance to Insects Working Group. He has also been selected to receive the 2014 Distinguished Alum from the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University (KSU) this Fall. These follow an International Plant Protection Award of Distinction from the International Association for Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS) in 2007 and a CGIAR Award in 2006 that recognized Dr. Bouhssini’s efforts to apply integrated pest management techniques in the fight against Sunn Pest. In addition to his research at ICARDA, Dr. Bouhssini is an adjunct Associate Professor at KSU in the United States where he received both his Masters and PhD degrees. This position has helped initiate a number of important collaborative projects between KSU and ICARDA: one on Hessian Fly genetics, and the other on resistance in barley to Russian wheat aphid. During the course of his career, Dr. El Bouhssini has trained over 200 scientists and technicians from North Africa, and West and Central Area in the area of integrated pest management. Speaking of the Award, Dr. Mahmoud Solh, ICARDA’s Director General commented: “This prestigious recognition is due to Dr. El Bouhssini’s professional dedication, commitment and remarkable contributions to agricultural research for development. ICARDA is certainly very proud of this recognition.” – See more at: http://icarda.org/blog/%5Bnode%3ABlog%20type%5Dicarda-scientist-wins-prestigious-international-award#sthash.0yORHKVo.dpuf

 

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Former Director Planning & Head, Plant Pathology of Haryana Agricultural University, and Advisor Pestology, Dr. M.P. Srivastava has been bestowed upon with “International Technological Achievements Award” on February 9, 2014. The award was given in recognition of his internationally acclaimed contribution on Plant Healthcare Technology and its dissemination towards mitigating crop losses and promoting plant health clinic worldwide. The award instituted by EET CRS, was given to him by presenting a memento and Certificate of Excellence in a glittering function in Royal Park Hotel Noida on 9th of February 2014. Dr Srivastava was the only person to receive this coveted honor in this category. Appreciating his innovations in reducing crop losses and strengthening food security, Dr Srivastava was invited to share his concepts at International Congresses at Edinburgh 1998, New Zealand 2003 and Beijing 2013.

MP SrivDr M. P. Srivastava (Extreme R) receiving the Award

Dr Srivastava is credited with creating global awareness on plant health clinic by delivering lectures in India and abroad, organizing an Evening Session in Italy in 2008 to polarize world opinion towards creation of farmer-centric plant clinic, providing free diagnostic and other services pertaining to plant health and ailments. Lately through his keynote address at 10th International Congress at Beijing in 2013 urging Asian nations for creation of well-organized multispeciality clinic like primary health centre at district/sub-division level in urban and rural areas so that farmers can get timely right diagnosis and mitigatory advice to prevent massive crop losses, boost food security, and laying foundation of plant health services.
For his yeomen services to the society, Dr Srivastava has been honored with several laurels in the past, which include Fellowship of the National Academy of Sciences 1988, Best Extension Scientist National Award 1996, Man of the Year Award 1998 from USA, and Dr Radhakrishnan Gold Medal 2013.
72 years old Dr Srivastava enjoys providing online cost-free diagnosis and remedies on plant pests through his web portal http://www.xsgrowth.com and dissemination of knowledge to students/teachers & farmers online and also though contributing in periodicals and conferences in the areas of pesticides, knowledge transfer on plant healthcare, food security/sustainability, IPM and plant clinic.
IAAPS offers its sincere congratulations to him and wishes him all the best in his sustained efforts towards extending plant healthcare to growers for mitigating losses, boosting food security and improving their livelihood.

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Dr Hari Sharma, IAPPS Regional Coordinator for South Asia has been conferred with the ‘Bharat Jyoti Award’ by the Indian International Friendship Society (IIFS), New Delhi.

Dr Sharma is being honored for his leadership role in entomology as President, International Congress of Entomology, and Member, Governing Board of International Association of Plant Protection Sciences, and his contributions to crop protection. This is one of the several distinguished awards that have been conferred on Dr Sharma for his contributions at ICRISAT internationally. On the occasion of awards presentation ceremony, the IIFS also organized the national conference on Economic Growth and National Integration at the India International Center, New Delhi. The conference was and was attended by more than 200 participants. The conference was chaired by Mr Rajender Singh – Chairman of IIFS (ex-Director, Central Bureau of Investigation( CBI), India International Friendship Society, while Dr Bhisam Narain Singh, ex-Cabinet Minister, and Governor, Tamil Nadu and Assam was the chief guest.
Dr Sharma also delivered the first speech on this occasion on “Biosafety of transgenic crop to the environment”, which was highly appreciated by the audience, which included politicians NGOs, and the general public; while another talk on this occasion was given by Dr Kurup, Vice-Chancellor of the National Marine Fisheries University, Kerala. Dr Bhism Narain Singh gave a very interesting and lively speech on Gandhi’sm, and he is a highly respected Gandhian in the country today. He also enumerated his experiences as a minister in Ms Indira Gandhi Cabinet, and as a Governor of Tamil Nadu and Assam. Mr Rajender Singh spoke on probity in public life, while Justice Verma ex-Chief Justice and Governor of Punjab, gave a very scintillating lecture on human rights, civic sense, and human dignity.
The IIFS aim is to enhance India’s relationship, and forge greater friendship and cooperation internationally through exchange of views among the people, especially of Indian origin, and create a sense of national and International friendship and understanding through social and cultural cooperation, exchange information, education and sports, and arrange conferences, seminars and exhibitions. The Director General, Dr WD Dar congratulated Dr Sharma for having added another feather to his cap, pursuing excellence in science, and his leadership role in entomology for the service the poor farmers in the SAT.

 

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Five top farm supply retail businesses have been selected as Environmental Respect Award regional winners in the United States for 2014. The winners are (alphabetized by state):

Centennial Ag Supply Company Yuma, CO
Ceres Solutions LLP Templeton, IN
Crop Production Services Clarkson, KY
Crop Production Services Boyce, LA
The McGregor Company Creston, WA

The Environmental Respect Awards, sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and CropLife® magazine, the agricultural industry’s highest recognition for environmental stewardship. The Awards are given to U.S. agricultural retailers, those who serve farmers and ranchers with the nutrients, pest control and agronomic information and services critical to effective crop production. Each year a panel of industry experts gathers to recognize achievement in environmental stewardship, professional excellence, and community involvement.

“DuPont is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2014 Environmental Respect Awards and applauds their accomplishment in environmental stewardship,” said Rik Miller, president, DuPont Crop Protection. “These leaders are helping to advance environmental safety as well as the safe use of agricultural products, and we hope they will inspire others who share our passion and commitment to elevate environmental stewardship around the world.”

These businesses were selected by a panel of industry experts and won the award based on excellence in site design, in-plant storage and handling procedures, proper application and leadership in safety and stewardship among customers and employees.

Members of the 2014 selection committee included Rachel Lattimore, CropLife America, Washington, D.C.; Raymond Forney, DuPont Crop Protection, Wilmington, Del.; Yves LeClerc, McCain Foods, Florenceville-Bristol, New Brunswick, Canada; Joe Szafran, DuPont Crop Protection, Wilmington, Del.; John Oster, Morral Companies, Morral Ohio; Don Clagg, DuPont Crop Protection, Wilmington, Del.; Ples Spradley, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR; France Rochette, DuPont Crop Protection, Wilmington, Del.; Al Strohmaier, CropLife magazine, Willoughby, Ohio; and Paul Schrimpf, CropLife magazine, Willoughby, Ohio.

Each regional winner is also competing for the national Environmental Respect Award. Regional winners will receive their trophies and the national winner will be announced at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, DE during a special ceremony in July to honor the regional, national, and international winners.

Find more information on the Environmental Respect Awards at http://www.environmentalrespect.com.

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The Environmental Respect Award is the premier award in agricultural stewardship among agricultural retailers and distributors around the world. Since its inception in 1990, more than 5,500 businesses in the U.S. have shared their stories of environmental respect, product safety standards, and customer and community outreach, and more than 300 have earned state awards. In the last ten years, the international extension of the Environmental Respect Awards has seen involvement from more than 250 businesses in 25 countries. The effort is sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and is managed and conducted by CropLife magazine and Farm Chemicals International magazine.

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The scientists who have made significant contributions to Hessian fly resistance work in Morocco and have been recognized at the IPRI 2014 in Marrakech are:

 

From the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA):

Dr. Nsarellah Nasserlhaq, Dr. Jlibene Mohamed, Dr. Lhaloui Saadia, Dr. El Hadoury Jamal, Mr. Amamou Ali, Mr. El Haila Mohamed

From the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA):

Dr. Amri Ahmed, Dr. Nachit Miloudi, Dr. Abdalla Osman, Dr. El Bouhssini Mustapha.

From the Mid America International Agricultural Consortium (MIAC)/USAID project:

Dr. Jimmy Hatchet (USDA-ARS, Manhattan, KS).

For more information about the 21st IPRI workshop in Marrakech, please contact:

Mustapha El Bouhssini
Senior entomologist
ICARDA Rabat Office
P.O. Box: 6299
Rabat Instituts
Rabat, Morocco
Tel: (212)537681659
E-mail : M.Bohssini@cgiar.org

 

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Prof. Dr. S. Chelliah, former Post Doctoral Fellow, Entomology Department,

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI),  Los Baños, Philippines has recently been

 conferred Doctor of Science degree (Honoris causa) by the Tamil Nadu

Agricultural University, India for his outstanding contribution in Agricultural Sciences

In general and Crop Protection Science in particular. His research contribution

in insecticide-induced resurgence of Brown Planthopper in Rice is an outstanding

pioneering work, which was acclaimed in whole of Asia.  Dr.Chelliah held several senior

positions related to agriculture and was awarded many coveted prizes/awards during the past

five decades.

The IAPPS Executive  Committee congratulates Dr.Chelliah for this prestigious

honor conferred on him by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Prof. E. A.  Heinrichs

Secretary General, IAPPS

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