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  International Plant Health Conference  21 – 23 September 2022 | 09:00-18:00 Queen Elizabeth II Centre | London UK     Dear plant health colleagues and friends,   Plant health is a key factor in any strategy to achieve food security, protect the environment and biodiversity, and facilitate safe trade.   In the past months, the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention has been working closely with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) of the United Kingdom (UK) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, on organizing the first-ever International Plant Health Conference (IPHC), being held in London, the UK, from 21 – 23 September.     The IPHC aims to address new and emerging plant health challenges, including climate change impacts, the rapid loss of biological diversity, the significant increase in international trade, and new pest pathways such as e-commerce.   The IPHC is a unique opportunity to raise global awareness and promote the importance of protecting plant health. Take part in the crucial discussions on plant health by following the Live webcast on the IPHC webpage.   Information on the IPHC and a collection of plant health resources (key messages, social media assets, publications, videos, stories, podcasts, and more) are available on the IPHC Trello board. Please don’t forget to tag IPPC (Facebook, Twitter) when posting on social media and remember to use the official event hashtag #PlantHealthConference.    I would be pleased to hear your thoughts and ideas on the way forward to promote plant health globally. Sincerely, Osama El-Lissy 
International Plant Protection Convention
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International Plant Health Conference 21 – 23 September 2022 | 09:00-18:00 Queen Elizabeth II Centre | London UK
Plant health is a key factor in any strategy to achieve food security, protect the environment and biodiversity, and facilitate safe trade.   The First International Plant Health Conference aims to address new and emerging plant health challenges, including climate change impacts, the risks associated with significant increase in international trade, the rapid loss of biological diversity and new pest pathways such as e-commerce by exploring more efficient national, regional and global policies, structures and mechanisms.   The Conference will be held in London, the United Kingdom on 21 – 23 September 2022 and is co-organized by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) of the United Kingdom (UK) and the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention.   Register before the 31st of July 2022 for the International Plant Health Conference and take part in the global scientific, technical and regulatory forum to advocate for plant health and food security.    
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Effective plant health management is critical for improving the productivity, profitability, sustainability and resilience of agrifood systems. Yet, farming communities, especially in low- and middle-income countries, continue to struggle against plant pests and diseases. Each year, these threats cause 10–40% losses to major food crops, costing the global economy US$220 billion. Recent analyses show that the highest losses due to pests and diseases are associated with food-deficit regions with fast-growing populations.

Increasing trade and travel, coupled with weak phytosanitary systems, are accelerating the global spread of devastating pests and diseases. The situation is exacerbated by climate change, driving the emergence of new threats. These burdens fall disproportionately on women and poorly resourced communities.

Diagnostic capacity, global-scale surveillance data, risk forecasting and rapid response and management systems for major pests and diseases are still lacking. Inadequate knowledge and access to climate-smart control options often leave smallholders and marginalized communities poorly equipped to respond to biotic threats. Environmental effects of toxic pesticides, mycotoxin exposure and acute unintentional pesticide poisoning are major concerns globally.


This Initiative aims to protect agriculture-based economies of low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America from devastating pest incursions and disease outbreaks, by leveraging and building viable networks across an array of national, regional and global institutions.


This objective will be achieved by:

  • Bridging knowledge gaps and networks for plant health threat identification and characterization, focusing on strengthening the diagnostic and surveillance capacity of national plant protection organizations and national agricultural research and extension systems, and facilitating knowledge exchange on pests and diseases.
  • Risk assessment, data management and guiding preparedness for rapid response, focusing on controlling the introduction and spread of pests and diseases by developing and enhancing tools and standards.
  • Integrated pest and disease management, focusing on designing and deploying approaches against prioritized plant health threats in targeted crops and cropping systems.
  • Tools and processes for protecting food chains from mycotoxin contamination: designing and deploying two innovations for reducing mycotoxin contamination to protect health, increase food/feed safety, enhance trade, diversify end-use and boost income.
  • Equitable and inclusive scaling of plant health innovations to achieve impacts, through multistakeholder partnerships, inter-disciplinary research and effective communications.


This Initiative will work in the following countries: Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Proposed 3-year outcomes include:

  1. National plant protection organizations in at least 10 target countries participate in a global plant diagnostic and surveillance network, exchanging data and knowledge.
  2. At least 25 national partners in 10 target countries use the novel diagnostic and surveillance tools to effectively counter existing or emerging plant health threats.
  3. At least 10 target national plant protection organizations increase their capacity to use epidemiological modeling data and decision support tools for pest risk assessment and preparedness to counter prioritized pests and diseases.
  4. A global plant health consortium comprising 60–70 institutions is operational, codeveloping and deploying integrated pest and disease management innovation packages and educational curriculum for effective plant health management.
  5. Adoption of eco-friendly and climate-smart integrated pest and disease management innovations by at least 4 million smallholders in 15 countries results in reduction in crop losses of at least 5% and use of toxic pesticides of at least 10%.
  6. At least 10 private sector partners in four focal countries in Africa commercialize Aflasafe to 200,000 farmers (400,000 ha of maize), resulting in enhanced availability of safe and nutritious food and feed.
  7. At least 300,000 smallholder households across five countries use affordable and easy-to-use pre- and post-harvest integrated mycotoxin management innovations for mitigating contamination of the food chain.
  8. Plant health research communities in at least 12 targeted countries use needs assessment evidence and data to develop demand-driven, equitable and scalable innovations.
  9. National and regional partners use validated scaling approaches for detection, surveillance and management of pests, diseases and mycotoxin.
  10. Based on science-based plant health policy briefs, investors and decision makers in targeted regions create an enabling environment for research for development and scaling of plant health innovations.


Projected impacts and benefits include:

POVERTY REDUCTION, LIVELIHOODS & JOBSLivelihoods of more than 27 million people (more than 6 million households) across 13 target countries are improved due to increased yield stability and containment of pest- and disease-induced crop and food losses at the field- and landscape-levels through development and delivery of eco-friendly innovations to detect and control pests and diseases.
NUTRITION, HEALTH & FOOD SECURITYMore than 110 million people (more than 16 million households) benefit from better resilience of crops and cropping systems, better preparedness to counter biotic threats exacerbated by climate variability and changing farming practices, further increasing food security and farm profitability, and reducing food prices.Losses in yield and quality of major food crops due to pests and diseases are reduced through integrated pest and disease management innovations. Food and feed are made safer for consumption by reducing pesticide and mycotoxin contamination in targeted crops, improving human and animal health.
GENDER EQUALITY, YOUTH & SOCIAL INCLUSIONAround 8 million women have increased access to and benefit from plant health innovations through prioritization and implementation of approaches for gender-equitable and socially inclusive design and scaling of plant health innovations. These are supported by multi-stakeholder partnerships and new opportunities for women and youth.
CLIMATE ADAPTATION & MITIGATIONMore than 8 million people (more than 1.27 million households) benefit from reduced impact of climate-induced changes in pests and diseases on crops, food security, and livelihoods through better preparedness and adaptation of plant health innovations based on improved forecasting of threats and modeling of impacts.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & BIODIVERSITYReduction in use of toxic pesticides and associated safety hazards, including pesticide residues in the environment, due to integrated disease and pest management and prioritization of nature-based solutions are applied on more than 9 million hectares of maize crops, benefiting more than 24 million people (more than 5 million households). Natural biodiversity and ecologies are protected from devastating invasive pests and pathogens and toxic pesticides.
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International Plant Health Conference 21 – 23 September 2022 | 09:00-18:00 Queen Elizabeth II Centre | London UK
Plant health is a key factor in any strategy to achieve food security, protect the environment and biodiversity, and facilitate safe trade.   The First International Plant Health Conference aims to address new and emerging plant health challenges, including climate change impacts, the risks associated with significant increase in international trade, the rapid loss of biological diversity and new pest pathways such as e-commerce by exploring more efficient national, regional and global policies, structures and mechanisms.   The Conference will be held in London, the United Kingdom on 21 – 23 September 2022 and is co-organized by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) of the United Kingdom (UK) and the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.   Register for the International Plant Health Conference and take part in the global scientific, technical and regulatory forum to advocate for plant health and food security.    

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The workshop will take place from 19 to 20 September 2022, at Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London, United Kingdom. Participation is free of charge.

Register NOW! Before is too late*.

More information on the programme and updates available HERE

*registration will be open until 31 July 2022, there are limited places.

For more information contact ippc@fao.org

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XI Argentinean and XII Latin American Congress of Entomology

The XI Argentinean and XII Latin American Congress of Entomology will be held in the city of La Plata, Argentina, between October 24 and 28, 2022. On this opportunity, the Latin American Federation of Entomology (FELA) will hold its Ordinary Assembly, in which the new authorities are to be elected and the venue for the next Congress shall be chosen. FELA will also host the “Entomology without Borders” roundtable, with the participation of the Representatives of the Entomological Societies that are members of FELA.

For more information, please visit the following link:

The origen and history of FELA can be accessed at Zerbino-Bardier MS, Coronado-Blanco JM. 2020. Origen e historia de la Federación de Entomología de Latino América (FELA). Bol. Soc. Mex. Entomol. (n. s.) 6(3): 73-77. https://www.seb.org.br/files/fela/origem.pdf

Dr. Nora Altier

IAPPS Coordinator Region XV, South America

E-mail: naltier@inia.org.uy; nora.altier@gmail.com

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Present committee members

Dr. Izuru Yamamoto, Senior Advisor

Dr. Noriharu Umetsu, Senior Advisor

Dr. Tsutomu Arie, a representative of the Phytopathological Society of Japan, the chair of Region X

Dr. Tarô Adati, a representative of Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology

Dr. Hiromitsu Moriyama, a representative of Pesticide Science Society of Japan, the secretary general of Region X

Dr. Rie Miyaura, a representative of The Weed Science Society of Japan

12th Steering Committee of IAPPS Region X (NEARC)

12th Steering Committee of IAPPS Region X (NEARC) was held on May 13, 2022 online.


  1. Report of the financial results for FY2021 and approval of the budget for FY2022.
  2. The Phytopathological Society of Japan and the Society of Agricultural Chemicals were the official partners of International Year of Plant Health (IYPH2020) established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN). A certificate merit of the social activities on plant protection from the societies has awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. (An example issued for The Phytopathological Society of Japan is seen below).
  • May 12 is determined as the International Day of Plant Health. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan has created a publicity video (English and Japanese versions) of the International Day of Plant Health on BUZZMAFF, the official YouTube channel, with the cooperation of the International Plant Protection Convention Secretariat, FAO.

Video in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nppsmKOUN0

Video in Japanese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcIZUZT3L20

  • Arie, T, the chair of Region X, was invited to the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, House of Representatives, the Diet of Japan on Mar 24, 2022 to express the opinion as an expert on the revision of the Plant Protection Law and Law for Measures for achievement of Decarbonization and Resilience with Innovation (see photo below).

Video in Japanese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmpdK7ocF1Y

Assuming that there come inquiries about keynote speakers and symposium themes from the postponed IPPC2024 conference in Greece, nominations of candidates was requested. In addition, we started to consider the travel assistance to IPPC2024.

Annual activities related to IAPPS especially to IPM of plant diseases, insects and weeds, and plant regulation (from April 2021 to March 2022)

The Phytopathological Society of Japan (PSJ)

55th Plant-Pathogen Interaction Study Group Meeting, Online; Sep 1–3, 2021

2021 EBC Study Group Workshop, Online; Sep 15, 2021

2021 Kanto District Meeting, Online; Sep 21–22, 2021

2021 Kansai District Meeting, Online; Sep 21–22, 2021

2021 Tohoku District Meeting, Online; Oct 12–14, 2021

2021 Hokkaido District Meeting, Online; Oct 15, 2021

2021 Kyushu District Meeting, Online; Nov 24–26, 2021

20th Phytopathogenic Fungi Study Group Meeting, Online; Dec 11, 2021

30th Fungicidal Resistance Study Group Symposium, Online; Mar 23, 2022

2022 Annual Meeting, Online; Mar 27–29, 2022

The society will start supporting overseas travel of student members from 2023.

Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology (JSAEZ)

66th Annual Meeting, online; Mar 20–22, 2022

29th Annual Research Meeting of the Japan-ICIPE Association, Online; Mar 22, 2022

Pesticide Science Society of Japan

38rd Study Group Meeting of Special Committee on Bioactivity of Pesticides, Online; Apr 23, 2021

40th Symposium of Special Committee on Agricultural Formulation and Application, Online; Oct 15, 2021

38th Annual Meeting of Special Committee on Environmental Pesticide Science, Hyogo and Online; Oct 28–29

35th Annual Meeting of Special Committee on Pesticide Design, Online; Nov 12, 2021

44th Annual Meeting of Special Committee on Pesticide Residue Analysis, Fukui and Online; Nov 17–18, 2021

20th Study Group Meeting of Special Committee on Agrochemical Bioscience, Online; Nov 19, 2021

28th Annual Meeting of Special Committee on Pesticide Regulatory Science, Online; Dec 3, 202

47th Annual meeting, Okayama and Online; Mar 7–9, 2022

The Weed Science Society of Japan (WSSJ)

1st Study Meeting, Kanto Weed Science Society, Online; Jun 21, 2021

2021 Annual Meeting, Chugoku-Shikoku Regional Weed Science Society, Online; Jul 14, 2021

79th Meeting, Kyushu Weed Control Research Society, Online; Aug 25, 2021

2nd Study Meeting, Kanto Weed Science Society, Online; Sep 9, 2021

2021 Study Group Meeting of Weed Utilization and Management in Small Scale Farming, Online; Oct 16, 2021

Study Group Symposium of Alien Plants Monitoring, Online; Oct 23, 2021

2021 Annual Meeting, The Weed Science Society of Kinki, Kyoto; Nov. 28, 2021

16th Study Group Meeting of Herbicide Resistant Weeds, Online; Dec 1, 2021

36th Symposium of Weed Science Society of Japan, Okayama (Online-hybrid); Dec 11, 2021

8th Meeting, The Weed Science Society of Tokai-Hokuriku, Online; Dec 12, 2021

2021 Annual Meeting, Kanto Weed Science Society, Online; Dec 24, 2021

23rd Annual Meeting, The Weed Science Society of Tohoku, Japan, Online; Mar 9, 2022

61st Annual Meeting, Online; Mar 29–30, 2022

Hono-Kai (means, Meeting who are appreciating agriculture)

36th Hono-Kai Symposium, Online; Sep 29, 2021

Japan Biostimulants Association

4th Symposium, Online; Sep 16–17, 2020

Nodai Research Institute

2021-1 Biological Control Group Seminar, Online; Jun 15, 2021

2021-2 Biological Control Group Seminar, Online, Nov 9, 2021

2021-3 Biological Control Group Seminar, Online, Feb 15, 2022

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From the President
75th Anniversary Symposium and Conference
Photo Competition

2021 Scholarship Winners 
 Members in the News
 Related Events
NZPPS Corporate Members

We look forward to your feedback.From the President
         The next conference, at the Christchurch Town Hall, in August 2022, will be a celebration of 75 years of the Plant Protection Society. Several ideas to mark the 75th anniversary are in progress, some of which are reported in this newsletter. To begin with, a special 75th anniversary logo was designed for this year, which is depicted in this newsletter and on the website. Those of you with keen eyes may notice some slight modifications to the logo. Since we engaged a professional graphic designer to create the 75th logo and a new banner, it was a good opportunity to make some improvements to the existing logo. The revised logo is higher resolution, and the arrows embracing the plant have been tightened and made more fluid. The colour version uses a two-tone approach, with light and dark green, giving a more unique and modern look.

Importantly, the logo remains the same, as it still captures the essential purpose of the Society ‘to pool and exchange information’ related to plant protection. Given the anniversary occasion, it is timely to reflect on the history and meaning of Society’s logos, past and present. In the formative years of the Society, as a weed-control conference, there was no logo but, from 1962 until 1983, the cover of the published proceedings featured an illustration of a weed or pest. In 1984, the Society developed its first logo, which was the depiction of a weed (possibly a buttercup species) and a pest (a scarab grub), contained within a hexagon. The weed was in the light (aboveground) section, and the scarab in the dark (belowground) section. At a glance, it is a literal depiction of the focus of the Society at the time, weeds and pests.However, the logo possibly had greater significance, reflecting a shift in thinking at the time, away from pesticides as the panacea, towards integrated pest management. Hexagons are ubiquitous in nature and used to symbolise harmony. And the perfectly balanced dark and light halves of the harmonious hexagon conjure a yin and yang interconnectedness.

As the scope of the society further evolved, encompassing plant protection research and extension activities in the broadest sense, a new logo was needed. In 1996, the Society adopted its current logo, which was described by the President at the time, Richard Falloon, in his Presidential Address at the 49th conference. The arrows indicate interactions and information exchange that occurs through the interdisciplinary approach to plant protection. The protective circle conveys plant health resulting from plant-protection activities, and sustained plant health is depicted as the plant grows through the circle.

I do not know who designed either of the logos, and I have possibly over interpreted the first logo. If any members know more about the logos or their designers, please get in touch. In the coming months, the Executive will be reaching out to previous Presidents and others who have had an enduring impact on the Society to invite them to share their reminiscences, learn about past success stories, and receive advice for the future. Mark your calendars, submit your abstracts, and stay tuned for more news about this year’s symposium and conference.
Mike CrippsThe NZPPS Executive are delighted to advise that theNZPPS 75th Anniversary Symposium and Conferenceare proceeding as in-person events at the
Christchurch Town Hall.
Dame Juliet Gerrard will give the  conference opening address on Tuesday 9 August.Symposium: 8 August 2022  
Plant pathogens that keep us awake: past, present and future threats to native species.
https://nzpps.org/events/nzpps-symposium-2022/A day of invited presentations focussed on microbial threats to our native taonga plants. Leading scientists, kaitiaki, international experts and representatives from government agencies will bring attendees up to date with progress on myrtle rust, kauri dieback, Pacific biosecurity, Ceratocystis, Xylella and more. The day will conclude with a networking and poster session. Those interested in submitting a poster for the symposium should submit an abstract (maximum 250 words) to Renee Johansen (JohansenR@landcareresearch.co.nz) by 31 May 2022. Conference: 9-11 August 2022
Celebrating 75 years of the New Zealand Plant Protection Society
Three full days of presentations including special sessions, conference dinner with 75th anniversary cake for dessert and a slideshow of competition photos

The first session on Tues 9 August has been reserved for participants who wish to present a talk on the symposium topic. Abstract submission for the 2022 conference is openDeadline is 30 April 2022.NZPPS 75th Anniversary
Photo Competition
 Get clicking and enter your pictures here for the 75th anniversary photo competition. The photo within each category with the most member votes wins. Categories: Plant protection in action Plant pests Plant diseases  Plant weeds The growing crop Plant protection science People in plant protection Winners and their photos will be showcased on the NZPPS website, at the conference and in the newsletter. Closing date: 30 June 2022. NZPPS Plant Protection MedalThis medal has been instituted by the New Zealand Plant Protection Society to honour those who have made exceptional contributions to plant protection in the widest sense. The medal will be awarded based on outstanding services to plant protection, whether through research, education, implementation or leadership.Details of the nomination process are available here.

Deadline 1 July 2022.2021 NZPPS Research ScholarshipAshleigh Mosen is an MSc student at Massey University.Development of a novel disease control strategy to protect Pinus radiata from Dothistroma needle blight.
The hemibiotrophic fungus Dothistroma septosporum is a foliar pathogen of Pinus radiata that causes a disease known as Dothistroma needle blight (DNB). This forest tree disease is destructive to pines, resulting in dieback of needles, premature defoliation and in severe cases tree death. Necrotic lesions, which are seen on infected needles become a brick-red colour, characteristic of the fungus producing a toxic virulence factor called dothistromin. DNB is an economically important disease impacting upon New Zealand’s forest industries, costing the NZ economy ~$20 million per year. Current control measures include copper fungicide spraying, silvicultural methods such as pruning and thinning, and breeding pine trees for increased resistance to pathogen attack. A radical new approach, spray-induced gene silencing using RNA technology, has great potential to control DNB.

 My project explores the potential for applications of this technology by using RNA molecules, that specifically target and silence pathogen genes, to effectively lower the virulence of the pathogen. The candidate genes DsAflR (dothistromin pathway regulatory protein) and eGFP (enhanced green fluorescent protein) were pursued as targets for RNA silencing trials. As a result, dothistromin production and virulence of the pathogen is expected to be reduced, and decreased DNB symptoms on pine. Confocal microscopy analyses have been performed demonstrating dsRNA uptake into fungal cells. In vitro and in planta silencing trials suggest no clear evidence whether there is knockdown of AflR and eGFP. However quantitative real time PCR analyses are in progress to determine if there is a reduction in transcript levels. Disease symptoms have been monitored on infected pine needles and are showing reduced lesions, as a result of spraying with dsRNA targeting AflR. In combination, biomass assays will verify if there is a reduction in fungal biomass and hence suppressed virulence. The effects of timing and concentration of the dsRNAs have been established to achieve maximum silencing.

By the end of my project I hope to determine if treatment with the dsRNA has had any effects in terms of suppression of the target genes and create a framework to optimise silencing in this forest pathogen for future studies. This could be an effective solution to augment current control measures and could be applicable to agricultural and horticultural disease control. My project is of great importance to NZ, its forest industries, and other plant-based industries. This will be the first study of its kind in NZ, which will be a blueprint for controlling other forest, agricultural and horticultural pathogens.Dan Watkins Scholarship in
Weed Science

Robert Gibson II is a PhD student at Lincoln University.

Establishment risk of wilding Pinus radiata and its hybrid in New Zealand high country.

Non-native conifers have been well integrated throughout New Zealand’s landscape for amenity and shelter, erosion control, and commercial forestry purposes. Unwanted individuals that self-perpetuate from these cultivations are categorised as wildings. Wildings are the largest weeds in New Zealand and one of the biggest weed problems, posing a significant threat to the biodiversity and functioning of native ecosystems, particularly on the South Island. The conifer species most tightly interwoven throughout New Zealand’s landscape, industry, and culture is Pinus radiata. As a result, P. radiata propagules are genetically bred and widely distributed across both main islands with sufficient mutualists; all factors that can increase the risk of wilding. From a commercial forestry and afforestation perspective, previous research suggests Pradiata has a limit of establishment around 700 m due to cold-intolerance (i.e. reduced germination, growth, and cone production). As a result, a natural hybrid between Pradiata and Pattenuata is being assessed as commercial forestry and afforestation programmes shift to higher elevations. The aim of this research is to assess the potential threat of wilding establishment of both taxa in high country native grasslands and shrublands. This will be achieved through evaluating the potential biotic and abiotic barriers associated with these ecosystems on the fate of seeds and seedlings along an elevation gradient from the putative limit of establishment (< 700 m) to the high country (900 m and 1100 m). Across six sites and three microhabitats, this study is investigating: 1) seed viability, seed loss to predation and the potential for deposition into the soil seed bank; 2) emergence and seedling establishment; and 3) the response of 12-month-old seedlings to herbivory, and the interaction between herbivory and climate. This study isolates each seed and seedling stage with a different experiment to disentangle the influence of different barriers and how the magnitude of those barriers may fluctuate across multiple life stages to gain insight into the big picture of what may induce establishment failure of these two taxa. Lastly, this research will determine whether the information around the elevation limitation of P. radiata establishment from commercial plantations holds under natural conditions, and whether any of those barriers may be surpassed by the inclusion of the hybrid into high country ecosystems.Members in the News2018 NZPPS Medal winner Barbara Barratt has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi for pioneering internationally relevant research into the biosafety of introduced biocontrol agents for insect pests and for leading a major theme in a multi-agency research collaboration focused on border biosecurity risk assessment.  Read more here.NZPPS editor Ruth Falshaw is the latest person to be profiled in the  “Women in Horticulture” series published in the NZGrower magazine. The publisher Horticulture NZ and author Elaine Fisher have given permission for the article to be reproduced and it can be viewed hereRelated EventsCanterbury University is running a webinar entitled: Mahi Tahi: work together to build biosecurity capability on 13 April 2022. Find out more at: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/biosecurity-innovations/news-and-events/mahi-tahi-.html12th International Symposium on Adjuvants for Agrochemicals Bordeaux 24 – 29 April 2022.  https://www.isaa2022.org/general-information/The Weed Management Society of South Australia (WMSSA), on behalf of The Council of Australasian Weed Societies (CAWS), will be hosting the 22nd Australasian Weeds Conference (22AWC) at Adelaide Oval from 25-29 September 2022. https://eventstudio.eventsair.com/22AWCThe 8th International Weed Science Congress: “Weed Science in a Climate of Change” will be held in Bangkok from 4 – 9 December 2022.https://www.iwsc2020.com/Books

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Future Challenges in Crop Protection 
Surveillance for Biosecurity2010 Microbial Products 
Paddock to PCR
The Plant Protection Data Toolbox 
Utilising Plant Defences for Pest Control 

Contact the Secretary at secretary@nzpps.org if you would like one.NZPPS Corporate MembersAgResearch Ltd
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Joy Tyson, Plant & Food Research, Auckland

Stephen McKennie, Arxada NZ Ltd, Auckland

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Fall Armyworm Control in Action March 2022 – Issue #8

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reported fall armyworm (FAW) infestations in fields in Najran Governorate, with in Al-Kora Governorate of Al-Baha Province illustrating continuous spread of FAW in NENA region. The Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture announced the insect pest was detected on maize plants. In response, authorities have implemented phytosanitary measures, destroyed infested maize crops, installed traps around infested sites, and is managing FAW populations in neighbouring crops.
In Zambia, FAW has reportedly reached concerning population levels in ten provinces and in 96 out of 116 districts, illustrating the need for continuous capacity development in FAW management. FAO,
under the aegis of the Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control (GA), will support the government of the Republic of Zambia in improving capacities for FAW management among farmers and extension workers. FAW has reportedly affected 129 517 households and 96 222 hectares of maize fields.
Based on lessons learned during the work conducted by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) technical working group on FAW quarantine and phytosanitary measures, a new work programme on banana Fusarium wilt (TR4) is under way. The IPPC Secretariat is holding a virtual workshop series on Fusarium TR4
diagnostic, surveillance, inspection and simulation exercises. The first of three sessions is scheduled for 24 March 2022, followed by sessions on 19 April 2022 and 10 May 2022. The three sessions
will be held in English, and two of the sessions will have simultaneous interpretation in French and Spanish through an in-kind contribution from the Comité de liaison Europe ACP (COLEACP).
The Cameroon workshop discussed the use of biological control, botanicals, and farmer trainings. It was opened by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mbong Epse Bambot Grace Annih.

FAW was named as top national priority for key pest control in the People’s Republic of China for 2022 in February as the National Agricultural Technology Extension and Service Center (NATESC) renewed the annual strategy for FAW control. This followed a national expert working group meeting organized by NATESC to analyse FAW data and control measures that had been implemented in 2021. The working group also presented conclusions to facilitate the delivery of early warning messages with regard to FAW at the national level.
Resource mobilization training was conducted on 28 February 2022 for 30 people including national focal points and FAO focal points in country offices. A general overview of the resource mobilization situation with regard to the Global Action was provided during the session. The training was based on the new GA resource
mobilization guide and was also interpreted in the French language.
In the Republic of Cameroon, a three-day training workshop began on 28 February 2022 to enhance capacity of national focal points from central Africa countries in FAW monitoring, early warning and sustainable management of the pest. The workshop also aimed to strengthen coordination between GA demonstration
and pilot countries through theory as well as farm-level practical sessions. The 25 participants, including including leaders of farmer organizations, extension officers, researchers and FAO facilitators,
were asked to validate the strategy document at the central Africa geo-zone level. The workshop included participants from the Republic of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, the Gabonese Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.
The Republic of the Philippines Bureau of Plant Industry hosted seven geo-zone webinar training events in January and February 2022 covering multiple topics, including monitoring and early warning, host plant resistance, biological control, biopesticide and pesticide application.

Contact information:
Plant Production and Protection – Natural Resources and Sustainable Production
Email: Fall-Armyworm@fao.org
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome, Italy
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Communications and Partnerships
A GA resource mobilization guide has been finalized and will be
available for public download. These guidelines provide a framework for mobilizing essential resources to support the work of the
GA and the FAW Secretariat.1
New Technical Cooperation Programmes have been initiated,
including a USD 500 000 emergency response to strengthen the
management and preparedness capacities of five North African
countries – the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, the State of
Libya, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the Kingdom of Morocco,
and the Republic of Tunisia – to mitigate the impact and risk of FAW.
New Developments
By comparing genetic characteristics of FAW populations collected
from 22 sub-Saharan countries between 2016 and 2019, Nagoshi
et al. (2022) inferred that the strain preferring maize as the host
plant predominated the FAW populations in Africa. Additionally,
a broad grouping of genetic characteristics of FAW collected in
East and West Africa seem to indicate limited natural migrations
of FAW at a continental scale. The authors suggested that smallerscale movement through trade probably contributed to the initial
spread of the pest across Africa. Nagoshi, R.N., Goergen, G., Koffi, D.
et al. Genetic studies of FAW indicate a new introduction into
Africa and identify limits to its migratory behavior. 2022. Sci Rep
12, 1941.2
A study led by icipe and NIBIO showed that FAW density levels
could be predicted using host availability as well as climatic data.
The study utilized FAMEWS data, among others, to validate the
predictions. The authors suggested that further detailed data on
the natural enemies of FAW, their occurrence and efficiency in
regulating FAW populations, will further strengthen the predictive
mode. Harnessing data science to improve integrated management
of invasive pest species across Africa: An application to Fall
armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) (J.E. Smith) (Lepidoptera:
Noctuidae) – ScienceDirect.
©FAO, 2022
1 https://www.fao.org/3/cb8910en/cb8910en.pdf
2 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-05781-z
3 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2351989422000580?via%3Dihub
Field stories
In Burkina Faso, field work by two university partners of the
GA – Université Nazi Boni (UNB) and Université Joseph Ki Zerbo
(UJKZ) – has included trials to evaluate a number of potential
FAW control measures including: production of Telenomus remus
parasitoid; selection of maize varieties for FAW tolerance; the
efficacy of several types of FAW traps; efficacy of local strains of
entomopathogens; biological control potential of local arthropod
natural enemies; and effectiveness of combining other crops with
maize (herbs, pigeon peas and other species) on FAW.
In the Republic of Cameroon, a field visit was organized following
the training workshop that began on 28 February 2022. The field
visit included the area around Ntui in central Cameroon, and around
Foumbot in the western region, with the goal of identifying sites
for large-scale demonstrations of integrated pest management
(IPM) technology. Foumbot holds particular significance because
it is also the first site where FAW was reported in Cameroon.
During the field visit, members of a young farmers cooperative, local leaders and
extension agents were consulted to discuss collaborations for successful
implementation of the GA in the Republic of Cameroon as the demonstratio

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Biological Control Taking Next Steps for Specialty Crop Growers

Richard JonesBy Richard Jones|March 7, 2022

  • 1 of 9BiocontrolsUSA kicked off with a Pre-Conference Field Tour. The first stop was Laguna Mist Ranches, where Gina Colfer shows the group an organic artichoke field. Laguna Mist PCA Bobby Bellew talked about pest problems in artichokes, such as diamondback moth.NEXT SLIDE
  • 2 of 9Tour goers watch a drone take off at the Wilbur-Ellis Research Farm.NEXT SLIDE
  • 3 of 9Pam Marrone, Founder/Director, Marrone Bio Innovations and Chestnut Bio Advisors, delivers the keynote speech, stating that projections call for biological products to be used as much as synthetics in 20 years. In other words, the growth will be explosive.NEXT SLIDE
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  • “Bang boards” are a great way to scout for spider mites in the greenhouse, says Suzanne Wainwright-Evans. Hold a white balance photography card under the plant and “bang” the top of the plants. If present, mites will be easy to see when they fall in the white card.NEXT SLIDE
  • 5 of 9Agro-K’s Jeff Glass: “I look at sap analysis as being like the invention of the microscope. You can see what’s happening in the plant so much more clearly.”NEXT SLIDE
  • 6 of 9Brian Spencer, Applied Bio-nomics Ltd.: Anystis baccarum is a new predator developed in Canada at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre for greenhouse vegetable and ornamental IPM programs, the first new predator biocontrol introduced in the last 10 years.NEXT SLIDE
  • 7 of 9University of California Extension Professor Kent Daane details an incredibly complex international effort to bring an effective parisitoid of Spotted Wing Drosophila.NEXT SLIDE
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  • According to the University of California-Davis’s Trevor Suslow, growers should take care to avoid salmonella by only sourcing water from tested sources. Once salmonella gets into the water tanks and lines, it’s really difficult and time-consuming to eliminate.NEXT SLIDE
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  • UCCE Monterey Farm Advisor Richard Smith concludes the BiocontrolsUSA conference program with a look at the next big things in biologicals, technology, and automation.NEXT SLIDE

While it has been two years since the last Biocontrols USA event due to the pandemic, developments in biologicals and related specialty crop technologies have continued, making this year’s conference an especially fertile environment for education and networking.

Sustainability and technology were a uniting thread that ran through both the Conference program and the Expo, where nearly 30 suppliers shared updates on innovative new products. For growers and crop consultants, the benefits of softer, more targeted materials for their crop protection and plant and soil health programs are much more widely accepted in 2022. And that trend perfectly aligns with a growing focus from consumers who are making their expectations for sustainably produced food, flowers, and other products clear. Biologicals are an obvious fit serving both growers and their customers with those goals in mind.

The conference was headlined by an engaging keynote from biologicals industry veteran Dr. Pam Marrone, founder and former CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations and current Director of Chestnut Bio Advisors. Marrone, who now works with agtech and agbio startups, detailed many of the advances that have taken place in the biologicals space in recent years. She asserted that developments there should be viewed in coordination with many of the developments happening in other areas of agriculture. The next big steps, she said, will come when we start tying all the pieces together.

“Stop expecting a silver bullet. We need systems integrators who can help create holistic systems with cultural tools, crop varieties, soil health practices, biologicals, and precision farm data,” she said.

Biologicals are definitely the direction of the future: Marrone predicted that within 20 years, sales of biological products will equal those of more traditional synthetics.

Breakout tracks provided a deeper dive for grower attendees focused on fruit, vegetable, greenhouse, and cannabis production. Sessions included presentations on proper tank-mixing procedures when using biologicals, the discovery of a new predatory mite for pests in greenhouse crops, and a new parasitoid for the fight against Spotted Wing Drosophila. There was also a fascinating discussion on the unfortunate rise of internet sales of non-registered and non-regulated bio products in the cannabis market. Plant and soil health were a focus as well, with presentations on biostimulants in greenhouse production and biochar in wine grape vineyards.

Attendees also learned about developments in plant nutrient diagnostics using a new technique. Sap analysis provides a current look at nutrient levels in the plant, providing time for growers to react before deficiencies arise, said Agro-K Southern Business Development Manager Jeff Glass. This technique also offers growers information more quickly than the traditional industry testing standard using tissue analysis, which provides more of a cumulative look at what has been happening in the plant, Glass said.

Trevor Suslow, University of California-Davis Professor of Cooperative Research and Extension, Emeritus, shared a message about biostimulants and biofertilizers that can often fly under the radar: food safety considerations. While biologicals are considered to be very safe products for food production, without the proper focus on clean water sources and sanitation practices in irrigation and application equipment, growers using these products may unwittingly create conditions that can lead to the development and spread of human pathogens in a crop. Growers should only source water from tested sources, he says, “because once something like Salmonella gets into water tanks and lines, it’s really difficult and time-consuming to eliminate.”

The day before the Conference, two busloads of growers took part in a field tour of Salinas Valley agriculture, visiting vegetable, vineyard, and greenhouse operations and other facilities to see first-hand how growers in the region are putting biologicals and sustainable practices to work. The tour, sponsored by UPL, visited some of the most innovative operations in the region, including Laguna Mist Ranch, Growers Transplanting, Taylor Farms, Double L Vineyard, and a Wilbur Ellis research facility, before finishing the day with a relaxing stop at Morgan Winery.

Cannabis growers also had an additional learning opportunity with a deep dive into a number of key insect pests plaguing their production with a three-hour workshop session led by Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Owner of Buglady Consulting. Growers of this still-relatively new crop have limited control options for many of the pest problems they face. They also have to work around a lack of established research, which often leads to a proliferation of misinformation that makes producing a consistently high-quality, profitable crop a challenge. Wainwright-Evans shared high-quality photos and video to help attendees identify specific pests and offered potential solutions and real-world management tips she has seen with her clients. The workshop was sponsored by Beneficial Insectary.

Watch for announcements coming soon on details for the Biocontrols USA 2023 Conference and Expo, and other educational opportunities on biological solutions from Meister Media and its brands.

Scroll through the photo gallery above for some of the sights seen during the Biocontrols USA 2022 Conference and Expo.

Richard Jones is Corporate Content Director for Meister Media Worldwide. For more than two decades he served as an editor for brands in Meister’s U.S. Horticulture Group, including  American Vegetable Grower®American Fruit Grower®Western Fruit Grower®Florida Grower®, and Greenhouse Grower® magazines. See all author stories here.

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Fusarium laboratory workshop

June 19-24, 2022

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS, USA

Workshop contact information

Email: fusariumworkshop@ksu.edu

Web: plantpath.ksu.edu/fusarium

Phone: +1 (785) 532-1363

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