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5th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods

This week we’re bringing you news of an event currently taking place. The 5th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods in Langkawi, Malaysia. Held every four years, the goal of the symposium is to create a forum for biological control researchers and practitioners who conduct arthropod biological control programmes where they can meet to exchange information and discuss up-to-date issues relating to biological control.

Information about our recently released ‘Rice insect pests and their management’ book as well as a range of our other titles featuring insect pests, with be available at the conference.  Written by a distinguished team of entomologists led by Professor E. A. “Short” Heinrichs of the University of Nebraska, this innovative product, available in print and digital formats, will provide a comprehensive resource of information on approximately 100 species of the most important insect pests affecting rice cultivation, with over 150 photographs to help identify them.

Delegates of the conference will also have the chance to win their own copy of the book as a poster prize.

For more information visit the product page on our website or watch this week’s video from Francis.


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tuta larva on tomato (2)

A report of the symposium on the ‘Global Spread and Management of the South American Tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta’ held on 27 September 2016 at the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida, USA.


To see the article go to:  http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/113/05/0844.pdf

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1st International Conference on Biological Control: Approaches and Applications

27-29 September 2018

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Oranizers: ICAR and NBAIR

To see brochure go to: http://www.nbair.res.in/recent_events/first-announcement.pdf

For information contact: icbc2018bengaluru@gmail.com



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FAW wksp Addis 2017

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The fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda, a native to the Americas, arrived in Africa in early 2016. Since its arrival, it has moved quickly and is now in over 25 African countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, and Tanzania. The pest has the potential to cause significant damage and yield loss to over 80 plant species, including maize, rice, and sorghum. Already, it is estimated that it will cause over $3 billion in damage to maize throughout Africa in regions that are already food insecure.

In order to help farmers and policy makers manage this pest, the USAID-funded Feed the Future Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab held an awareness and management workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on July 14-15. The workshop, co-organized by USAID Mission in Ethiopia and the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology, had over 75 participants, including representatives from FAO, CIMMYT, ICRISAT, WorldVeg, DFID, Netherlands Development Agency, EIAR, EARC, KALRO, Desert Locust Research Organization, Fintrac, CropLife, and others. Presentations covered topics including biological control, host plant resistance, and economic impacts among many others. His Excellency Eyassu Abrha, Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture, addressed the participants with the message that IPM is a strategic issue for the Ministry, and encouraged a holistic approach to management of the FAW pest, with pesticides being only one component of an integrated strategy that considers alternative control methods.

Summary of High Priority Recommendations from USAID IPM Innovation Lab Workshop in Addis Ababa

The IPM Innovation Lab, in association with the USAID mission in Ethiopia, organized a two-day workshop on Fall Armyworm in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 14-15, 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to assess the magnitude of the problem in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania; develop research strategies; identify high priority areas of research; create awareness; enhance collaboration among national, regional, and international agencies; provide collective insights on training, capacity building, and information dissemination on management options.

The workshop was attended by about 75 participants from national, regional, and international organizations, including members from the governments of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. The workshop also included members from plant protection departments, extension, universities, NGOs, the private sector, and international research organizations.

Breakout sessions organized by the workshop resulted in a list of high priority recommendations for combating the Fall Armyworm. They are:

  • Integrate cultural, physical, chemical, and biological controls with host plant resistance in management of FAW.
  • Survey and document natural enemies of the FAW in East Africa.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of the local larval parasitoid Habrobracon hebetor on FAW.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of the local egg parasitoid, Trichogrammatoidea armigera on FAW.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of other local FAW natural enemies.
  • Screen and identify the correct pheromone lure combination for attraction of FAW strains in East Africa.
  • Screen insecticides included in the USAID PERSUAP for efficacy and safety under local conditions in East Africa.
  • Governments should consider fast track registration of pesticides for control of FAW.
  • Conduct FAW host preference and host range studies in East Africa.
  • Collaboration within local governments, private companies, and international agencies.
  • Integrate management technologies developed for FAW in the IPM package that will be developed by the IPM Innovation Lab for maize and other crops (chickpea, rice, horticulture) in East Africa.


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  • International Conference on Emerging Trends in Integrated Pest Management for Quality Food Production
  • 25-27 July 2017
  • The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching, Malaysia

To register go  to:



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Asian-Pacific WS meeting

Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my pleasure and great honor to invite you to attend the 26th Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference (APWSS 2017) Kyoto, to be held on  (refer to http://www.c-linkage.co.jp/apwss2017/). The theme of the conference is “Weed Science for People, Agriculture, and Nature.”

Weed science is a comprehensive research area that covers ecology, biology and chemistry related to weed control and management. Weed science is nowadays an advanced science that is closely linked to human societies. We should use interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach to address future weed science and management. I assure you that attending the 26th APWSS conference provides an excellent opportunity to meet experts in weed science and the respective fields and learn to apply your new-found knowledge when you return home.

The host city, Kyoto, is the ancient capital of Japan and is recognized worldwide as the country’s historical, cultural and spiritual heart. The city offers you numerous cultural and unique experiences with its countless shrines, temples, and architectural masterpieces including 17 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites. Mid-September is one of the best times to visit Kyoto. We suggest you to take a nice walk and to enjoy the streets and local sightseeing spots before and after attending the conference.

We look forward to welcoming you in Kyoto, September 2017!

Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto

Chairperson, the 26th Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference (APWSS2017)

President, Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society

Professor, University of Tsukuba


The deadline of call for papers is on 31 May 2017.

(refer to http://www.c-linkage.co.jp/apwss2017/papers.html)

Other important links are as follows:

Registration details   http://www.c-linkage.co.jp/apwss2017/registration.html

Program    http://www.c-linkage.co.jp/apwss2017/programme.html

Secretariat e-mail: apwss2017@c-linkage.co.jp

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BCPC Congress 2017

BCPC 2017

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