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IPM NEWS --- international IPM news and programs

I. News About IPM


Results from four years of integrated pest management headlined the recent ENDURE 2010 International ConferenceIPM in Europe, convened in Paris, FRANCE during November. The event attracted over 350 attendees representing almost 50 countries, and previewed formation of the permanent European Research Group (ERG).

The Group's mission is "to ensure the sustainability of crop protection in Europe through scientific excellence, interdisciplinary research, and international partnership including policy makers and all stakeholders," according to the ENDURE report on the conference tinyurl.com The two-day gathering included interactive workshops focused on research results and tools, panel discussions, and plenary sessions. Innovation for IPM, such as new approaches, emerging technologies, and the tools they develop, were also engaged and discussed. Other topics revolved around fostering international collaboration, addressing IPM in national action plans, and including those elements leading to successful IPM practices, with emphasis on learning from innovative farmers.

Access to all the presentations at the conference as well as a video record of the event can be found at the website (above) as well as news items from the ENDURE network and its participants. excerpted, with thanks, from the ENDURE website, with special thanks to A. Lewer.


Can the value of protecting crops be quantified? A recent report from the UK took up that significant challenge and, leaving aside the fact that the document primarily focused on chemical-based crop protection as applied to crop production in the UK, postulated some interesting, if sobering, scenarios.

The report, prepared by economist S. Rickard of Cranfield University, suggested that without protection, yields of important crops (food crops in particular) could decrease dramatically leading to spikes in commodity prices, less healthy human and animal diets, erosion of living standards, and potential for malnutrition, social unrest, and political consequences.

Mr. Rickard speculated that in addition to a dire impact on yield, the absence of crop protection could conceivably trigger a cascade of dramatically negative effects such as:

* Growers very likely would be forced to increase crop prices to compensate for lost yield;

* Higher commodity prices based on consequentially reduced supplies could translate into consumers having to shift funds away from expenditures in other sectors of an economy thereby causing shrinkage of commerce and declines in employment;

* A reduced supply of home grown raw material could force agro-industrial segments to increase their purchases of, and reliance on, imported materiel; and,

* Decreased protection of the plants comprising public areas (parks, golf courses, and the general countryside) could erode associated social and recreational benefits and lower the present quality of life in many situations.

The report and its ramifications were discussed at the conference, Making Food Security Work: Matching Supply to Demand, convened at London, UK, in December 2010, and attended by a highly diverse audience with economic and social interests in various elements of the topic. –excerpted, with thanks, from Crop Protection Monthly, Issue #253, December 2010.


IPMnet is pleased to welcome the IPM Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (IPM PIPE) organization as an underwriter of IPMnet NEWS.

IPM PIPE is a U.S. government initiative with a mission "to realize a dynamic, integrated national system facilitated by information technology that provides centralized, useful tools with reliable information for IPM practitioners," according to its website www.ipmpipe.org. Beyond describing the IPM PIPE, the site's purpose "is to provide a clearinghouse for a number of resources useful to IPM PIPE committees and work groups, and to otherwise facilitate the development of the IPM PIPE."

The organization took shape in 2006 in response to the arrival of the fungus Phakospora pachyrizi (soybean rustSBR) in the U.S. and has devoted significant effort to developing and posting information for the recognition of SBR characteristics, scouting, and manage- ment options. At last reckoning, SBR has been identified in 40 counties across seven U.S. states, and in three states and 14 municipalities in MEXICO. The IPM PIPE has subse- quently broadened its thrust to include several other pest organisms and pathogens such as Pseudoperonospora cubensis (cucurbit downy mildew).

The IPM PIPE, headquartered at the Southern Region IPM Center, joins the U.S. Agency for International Development's IPM Collaborative Research Support Program, and the Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State Univ. in supporting IPMnet and the IPMnet NEWS. -> J.R. vanKirk, SRIPMC, NCSU, 1710 Varsity Dr., Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA. Jim@sripmc.org. Fax: 1-919-513-1114. Voice: 1-919-513-8179.

= IPM GLOBAL NOTES = * Amidst structural changes occurring in the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, the CGIAR's Systemwide Program on IPM envisions near term continuation of its research and information activities as presently conducted. -> I. Hoeschle-Zeledon, I.Zeledon@cgiar.org.

* Based on extensive trials, Afla-Guard ®, a biological control for aflatoxin-producing fungi, now can be used on maize as well as Arachis hypogaea (ground nut, peanut), according to a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture report. -> AGRIC. RESCH., September 2010; tinyurl.com A field study simulating rodent damage to lowland irrigated rice in VIET NAM’s Mekong Delta revealed that control practices should be applied before 10 percent of tillers are damaged at the tillering stage. -> N.T. My Phung, Phung.Nguyen@uqconnect.edu.au.

* Potential strategies in AUSTRALIA to mitigate further increases in resistance of Helicoverpa species to cotton carrying Cry2Ab toxin include larger structured refuges, applying insecticide to crops late in the season, and restricting the planted area of certain varieties of GM cotton. -> S. Downes, Sharon.Downes@csiro.au.

* The search is on for biocontrol agents to control Solanum elaeagnifolium (silverleaf nightshade), a voracious invasive weed from the Americas now spreading across southern Europe, Africa, India, Australia, and beyond. -> W. Jones, Walker.Jones@ars.usda.gov.

II. IPM Information Resources > Recently Published Information Materials


IPMnet NEWS welcomes information about websites, publications, CD/DVDs, or videos focused on, or related to, crop IPM, crop protection, or invasive species. Please send a review copy of the material to the postal address at end of this file; or, send the URL to: IPMnet@science.oregonstate.edu. A {$}symbol indicates an item can be purchased, or that there may be charges for handling and postage, or both.


The CGIAR's Systemwide Program on IPM (SP-IPM) recently published two additions to its Technical Innovation Brief (TIB) series: December 2010 - TIB #8, "A Hot Bath Cleans All: Boiling Water Treatment of Banana and Plantain," by S. Hauser and D. Coyne: Discusses pests and diseases of banana and plantain (especially weevils and nematodes) and treatments that can be employed to generate clean, healthy planting material. January 2011 - TIB #9, "Endophytes: Novel Weapons in the IPM Arsenal," by A. zum Felde: Examines the role of endophytes (microorganisms) that exist within plant tissue and, in some cases, can have a beneficial influence by helping to protect plants against the deleterious effects of pest insects and diseases. Both of these 2-page, illustrated (color) TIBs, as well as earlier TIBs, can be freely downloaded from www.spipm.cgiar.org. The latest issue of the SP-IPM's Quarterly Newsletter, Issue #5, December 2010, spotlighting information from members (within CGIAR centers) and from around the world is also freely available for downloading. -> SP-IPM Secretariat, c/o IITA, Oyo Rd., PMB 5320, Ibadan, NIGERIA. SP-IPM@cgiar.org. excerpted, with thanks, from SP-IPM materials.


With over 2,800 species the palm family (Palmae or Arecaceae) represents a significant and highly diverse group of plants found on every continent except Antarctica, and especially in warm, humid lowland tropical regions. Because of their affinity for warmer climes, palms are subject to a wide array of attack by pest organisms and pathogens. A new and active information site, A Resource for Pests and Diseases of Cultivated Palms, tinyurl.com has been initiated as an aid to entities conducting field surveys for pest organisms and diseases; it offers users a way to access a variety of identification "tools" all related to a single commodity. The main website leads to a site for palm identification, another for symptoms of diseases and disorders, plus additional sites for mite, beetle, and scale screening using Lucid keys either currently available or in development prior to release. The work, initially targeted to the USA and the Caribbean region, was spearheaded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (CPHST). -> T.W. Walters,Coordinator, USDA-APHIS-CPHST, 2301 Research Blvd., Suite 108, Fort Collins, CO 80526-1825, USA. Terrence.W.Walters@aphis.usda.gov. Fax: 1-970-482-0924. Voice: 1-970-490-4471. exerpted, with thanks, from the CPHST website; thanks also to T.W. Walters for information.


An extensive database of insect, mite, and nematode cultures established in CANADA several years ago has continued to expand its listing of producers and suppliers worldwide who are willing to sell or donate live insects, mites, or nematodes. The database was established to provide information about current sources for live cultures as well as to offer producers and suppliers a no-cost opportunity to expand their client base. The database, at insect.glfc.forestry.ca can be sorted by order, family, genus, nomenclature, and geographic region of production. Additionally, a list of target pest organisms has been created linked to the suppliers who have indicated that they have a biocontrol agent for that specific pest. Submissions to the database are screened and incoming information verified. Registrants in the database can review and revise their information any time. To assure that cultures are currently available, all registrants are contacted annually regarding their submissions. A newer "adoption" feature allows registrants who are no longer willing to maintain a colony to use the database to post the information so that another producer might be able to accept rearing responsibilities. -> P. Ebling, IPD, Grt. Lakes Forestry Ctr., 1219 Queen St. East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 2E5, CANADA. Peter.Ebling@nrcan.gc.ca. Voice: 1-705-541-5517. excerpted, with thanks, from the database; thanks also to N.C. Leppla for information.


A virtual "toolbox" of current information for the use of soil fumigants can now be freely accessed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website at tinyurl.com Under the title "Implementation of Risk Mitigation Measures for Soil Fumigant Pesticides," the site offers fact sheets, labels, and training materials designed for fumigant handlers and certified applicators, among others, and resource materials for communities, state and local agencies, and others interested in understanding and implementing the current requirements for safe use of soil fumigants. Key features include safety brochures for handlers of soil fumigants, training modules on the new soil fumigant requirements, templates for soil fumigant management plans, and updated fact sheets on the soil fumigant mitigation measures and implementation schedule. New materials will be added to the site as they become available. excerpted, with thanks, from EPA information.


CropLife International, the industry supported organization, published a number of IPM-related manuals in 2008 freely available at www.croplife.org/public/manuals that have useful information for entities engaged in IPM education and outreach. The material can be downloaded and modified, if needed, to fit a particular situation. The site includes separate manuals for facilitators and trainees; a range of other items are also listed. According to their website, "CropLife considers IPM to be the most sustain- able approach to pest management." -> A. Riley, Anna.Riley@croplife.org.


Based on comments from a cross section of users and others, the Manual on the Development and Use of FAO and WHO Specifications for Pesticides has been revised and published in 2010. The 288-page 2010 revision updates both the original manual and a subsequent 2006 revised version. The Manual is available only on the FAO tinyurl.com and WHO websites.

III. IPM Medley > Equipment, Products, Processes, Services > Professional Opportunities > Sorting Through the "In" Box

= EQUIPMENT, PRODUCTS, PROCESSES, SERVICES = A Biopesticide for Seed Treatment

A Canadian firm manufactures and markets a biopesticide that, while not active itself on plant disease, is said to confer systemic acquired resistance (SAR) to a crop through pre-planting application to the crops' seeds. The patented, proprietary product, "HeadsUp," contains a naturally occurring substance extracted from Chenopodium species. Once treated, crop plantssuch as wheat, tomato, soybean, potato, and othersthemselves inhibit a range of damaging disease effects through their own defense mechanism triggered at germination. The product has been shown to control both fungal and bacterial diseases, including Fusarium, Pythium, and Rhizoctonia. HeadsUp is a water soluble, stable, dry powder and can be used in conjunction with seed-applied fungicides to generate an additional mode of action. -> HeadsUp Plant Protectant Inc., West Box 519, Kamsack, Sask. S0A 1S0, CANADA. headsup@sar-headsup.com. Fax: 1-306-542-3951. Voice: 1-306-542-2439. www.sar-headsup.com. excerpted, with thanks, from the indicated website, and from Crop Protection Monthly, December 2010.

= PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES = ASSOCIATE IN RESEARCH (Entomology), Prosser, WA, USA * Conduct research on the biology and management of insects and mites; rear specimens; carry out lab and field experiments on biology,ecology, and pesticide susceptibility; conduct routine sampling of populations in crops; analyze and present data; operate and maintain equipment and facilities; participate in outreach activities and some staff supervision. * REQUIRES: MS in entomology or related science; entomological knowledge/experience; experience in biocontrol and IPM; ability to prepare and publish research results. * Position no. 96062. See more detail and application instructions at tinyurl.com POSTDOC, PLANT DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY, Madison, WI, USA * Model the im- pact of field crop diseases; examine the effect of weather variation on disease development; improve understanding of the economics of plant disease control; contribute to a collaborative collegial environment; participate in extension activities; publish research in refereed journals; write new grants. * REQUIRES: PhD in plant pathology, or closely related field; experience in plant dis- ease ecology and epidemiology; documented background in statistics and mathematical modeling; proficiency with SAS or R; strong interest in inter-disciplinary research; ability to conduct research independently; excellent oral and written communication skills, especially to diverse audiences; detail oriented with excellent record keeping efficiency. See: tinyurl.com * CONTACT: P.D. Esker, Dept. of Plant Path., Univ. of Wisconsin, 1630 Linden Dr., Madison, WI 53706, USA. Esker@wisc.edu. Voice: 1-608-890-1999.


// Working with, or interested in the use of, Beauveria bassiana? Here is a group of informative articles related to utilizing this fungus for managing larval stage pest organisms: tinyurl.com thanks to G. Jackson and PestNet for information.

// The IPM3 Education project offers four web-based IPM training modules in January 2011, and likely others during the year. The material is designed to increase proficiency in the principles and application of IPM. The modules emphasize a practical approach for implementing IPM in day-to-day pest management decisions. Modules are presented in English. {$} For more information see: www.umn.edu/ipm3/.

// A series of Teaching DVDs on Plant Diseases, prepared by J.-A. Verreet and colleagues, is available in a variety of languages. Check with the American Phyto- pathological Society (APS) at www.shopapspress.org for the titles available through the APS Press (at APSnet). {$} ->JAVerreet@phytomed.uni-kiel.de.

// IPM authority M.E. Gray is concerned that the current lack of integration of management tactics for insect pests of maize in the U.S. Corn Belt, due primarily to the escalating use of transgenic Bt hybrids, may eventually result in resistance evolution and/or other unforeseen consequences and has published papers on the topic. -> MEGray@illinois.edu.

// In ARGENTINA, T. Stadler and colleagues are investigating the novel use of nanostructured alumina as an insecticide -> lpe@lab.cricyt.edu.ar.

IV. IPM-Related Publications > Books, Other Longer Publications

IPMnet NEWS will gladly mention publications focused on, or related to crop plant IPM, pest management, crop protection, or invasives. To facilitate review please send a copy of the publication, along with full details, to IPMnet NEWS (address at the end of this file). A {$} symbol indicates an item can be purchased or that there may be charges for handling and postage, or both. many thanks, Ed.


The aspect of pest organisms' ever expanding resistance to pesticides has gained increased attention in recent years even though concerns began decades ago. Now, a 2008 monograph, Global Pesticide Resistance in Arthropods, focuses on members of the phylum arthropoda that present serious challenges to crop protection. Editors M.E. Whalon, et al, examine documentation of arthropod pesticide resistance, as well as its biochemical and molecular genetic basis. The hardbound work features sectioons written by a phalanx of global experts. Chapters of potentially broad interest include "Pesticide and Transgenic Plant Resistance Management in the Field," by D.A. Andow, et al, as well as the 192-page book's concluding chapter by G.D. Thompson, et al, that discusses "The Politics of Resistance Management: Working Towards Pesticide Resistance Management Globally." In the latter the authors observe that "obtaining consensus over RM strategies and tactics appears to be a difficult assignment," but the result can be "compelling arguments for approaching RM in a more intelligent, integrated and proactive manner." {$} -> CABI, Nosworthy Way, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8DE, UK. cabi@cabi.org. Fax: 44-0-1491-833508. Voice: 44-0-1491-832111. www.cabi.org.


In response to the public's increasing call for less toxic, more environmentally- friendly control techniques for ants in urban settings, experts at the Univ. of California have written a new guide to aid pest control professionals in developing more effective, targeted, and greener solutions to urban ant problems. The resulting guide, Urban Pest Management of Ants in California, by J. Klotz, et al, covers status, identification and biology, and management strategies for the four major urban ant species in the state, plus 16 other frequently encountered species. The softbound, 72-page publication is illustrated with 77 color photos, and contains the illustrated, handy UC IPM Ant key, a glossary, and extensive reference list. The 2010 work is printed on high quality coated paperstock and offers a number of highly practical methods for discouraging and managing ant populations. Pub. no. 3524. {$} -> Comm. Svcs., ANR, Univ. of California, 1301 S. 46th St., Bldg. 478 - MC 3580, Richmond, CA 94804-4600, USA. danrcs@ucdavis.edu. Fax: 1-510-665-3427. anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu. excerpted, with thanks, from U.C. information; thanks also to M.V. Golden.

IV. IPM-Related Research/Technical Articles > Special Issues > Selected Titles


Five key papers from a 2009 Potato Association of America symposium, "Alternative Methods of Controlling Pests and Diseases" have been published in the American Journal of Potato Research, 87(9), 399-433, October 2010, edited by L.A. Wanner. thanks to R. Boydston for information.


Phytopathology """"""""""""" "Verticillium Wilt: A Threat to Artichoke Production," Cirulli, M., et al. * PLANT DIS., 94(10), 1176-1187, October 2010.

"Fungal Disease Suppression by Inorganic Salts: A Review," Deliopoulos, T., et al. * CROP PROT., 29(10), 1059-1075, October 2010.

Weed Science / Invasives """""""""""""""""""""""""""

“Evolutionary Agroecology: The Potential for Cooperative, High Density, Weed- suppressing Cereals,” Weiner, J., et al. * EVOLUTION. APPLIC., 3(5-6), 494-504, September 2010.

“Functional Biodiversity in the Agricultural Landscape: Relationships between Weeds and Arthropod Fauna,” Barberi, P., et al. * WEED RESCH., 50(5), 388-401, October 2010.

“Optimal Weed Management in Crop Rotations: Incorporating Economics is Crucial,” Van Den Berg, F., et al. * WEED RESCH., 50(5), 413-424, October 2010.

Entomology """"""""""""" "Effect of Ground Cover Vegetation on the Abundance and Diversity of Beneficial Arthropods in Citrus Orchards,” Silva, E.B., et al. * BULL. OF ENTOM. RESCH., 100(4), 480-499, August 2010.

"The Western Corn Rootworm, a New Threat to European Agriculture: Opportunities for Biotechnology?,” Dillen, K., et al. * PEST MGMT. SCI., 66(9), 956-966, September 2010.

“Evolutionary Ecology of Insect Adaptation to Bt Crops,” Carriere, Y., et al. * EVOLUTION. APPLIC., 3(5-6), 561-573, September 2010.

Nematology """""""""""" "Is Eradication of the Pinewood Nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus) Likely? An Evaluation of Current Contingency Plans,” Okland, B., et al. * RISK ANAL., 30(9), 1424-1439. September 2010.

“Induction of Resistance to Root-knot Nematodes by SAR Elicitors in Tomato,” Molinari, S., and N. Baser. * CROP PROT., 29(11), 1354-1362, November 2010.

General """"""""" “Increased IPM Knowledge Among Beninese Farmers,” Lund, T., et al. * PESTICIDES NEWS, 89, 08-11, September 2010.

“Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products in Nigeria and Challenges,” Oruonye, E.D., and E. Okrikata. * JRNL. OF PLANT BREED. AND CROP SCI., 29(9), 267-272, October 2010.

VI. U.S. AID's IPM-Collaborative Research Support Program (IPM-CRSP) - Program issues latest annual report

Program Issues Latest Annual Report

The IPM-Collaborative Research Support Program rounded off another active year with publication of an Annual Report covering Phase IV, Year 1, 2009-2010. The 178-page document is overflowing with narrative, data, and other information covering all the various programs and programmatic thrusts that were in motion during the report year. From application of IPM science in Latin America and the Caribbean to effective IPM for virus-caused plant diseases in several nations the progress is cataloged and explained in the report, which is freely available at the website tinyurl.com A new and useful wrinkle this year is a reader's choice of whether to open the full document, or select specific topic areas, or chapters from the provided active links. excerpted, with thanks, from the IPM-CRSP website; thanks also to R. Muniappan for information.

VII. IPMnet CALENDARUpdate > (N)ew or [R]evised Entries for the IPMnet CALENDAR


1. The IPMnet CALENDARUpdate , lists only: (N)ew events not previously cited in IPMnet NEWS; and, [R]evised events with new information compared to previous mention in IPMnet NEWS.

2. The IPMnet CALENDAR, Latest Complete Version , can be requested any time from IPMnet@science.oregonstate.edu. It is also online at www.pestinfo.org/calendar.php3 courtesy of International Society for Pest Information (ISPI) executive director, B. Zelazny. The latter site includes features intended for user convenience. The IPMnet CALENDARUpdate section appears in each IPMnet NEWS issue.

3. Please send information about future events, or revisions, to: IPMnet NEWS, at IPMnet@science.oregonstate.edu. Information listed in the IPMnet CALENDARUpdate was supplied by, and collected from, various sources; IPMnet greatly appreciates all cooperation. Note: websites listed herein are current as of publication of this issue of IPMnet NEWS but may be subject to change.

(N)ewly Listed, or [R]evised Entries: as of 15 January 2011


(N) 10 March * ECOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF INVASIVE PLANTS, Spokane WA, USA. Info: T. Harrington, THarrington@fs.fed.us. Voice: 1-360-753-7674.

(N) 12-13 April * 4TH WORKSHOP OF THE EWRS WORKING GROUP, HERBICIDE RESISTANCE, Ghent, BELGIUM. Info: A.R. Thompson, ANThompson@dow.com. Voice: 44-0-1462-426649. www.ewrs.org.


19-24 June * FUSARIUM LABORATORY WORKSHOP, Manhattan, KS, USA. Info: tinyurl.com

29 June-01 July * III JORNADAS DE ENFERMEDADES Y PLAGAS EN CULTIVOS BAJO CUBIERTA, La Plata, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA. Info: M. Stocco, enfermedadesbajocubierta@yahoo.com.

(N) 17-21 July * SOCIETY OF NEMATOLOGISTS 50th ANNUAL MEETING, Corvallis, OR, USA. Info: www.nematologists.org.

(N) 24-27 July * AQUATIC PLANT MANAGEMENT SOCIETY 51st ANNUAL MEETING, Baltimore, MD, USA. Info: APMS, PO Box 821265, Vicksburg, MS 39182, USA. www.apms.org/2011/2011.htm.

(N) 02-06 August * 15th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS, Kyoto, JAPAN. Info: Secretariat, Nara Inst. Of Sci. And Tech., 8916-5, Takayam, Ikoma 630-0192 JAPAN. Mpmikyoto2011@bs.naist.jp. Mpmi2011.umin.jp

07-11 August * SOCIETY FOR INVERTEBRATE PATHOLOGY 44th ANNUAL MEETING, Halifax, NS, CANADA. Info: S. Bjornson, Biol. Dept., Saint Mary's Univ., 923 Robie St., Halifax, NS B3H 3C3, CANADA. Fax: 1-902-420-5261. Voice: 1-902-496-8751. Susan.Bjornson@smu.ca. www.sipweb.org/meeting.cfm.

(N) 04-08 September * 43rd ANNUAL MEETING, ORGANIZATION OF NEMATOLOGISTS OF TROPICAL AMERICA, Coimbra, PORTUGAL. Info: I. Abrantes, Isabel.Abrantes@zoo.uc.pt. www.ontaweb.org.


18-23 September * 7th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ARTHRO- PODS: CHEMICAL, PHYSIOLOGICAL, BIOTECHNOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS, Bialka Tatrzanska, POLAND. Info: D. Konopinska, Fac. Of Chem., Univ. Of Wroclaw, Joliot-Curie 14, 50-383 Wroclaw, POLAND. DK@wchuwr.pl. Fax: 48-328-2348. viiarthropods.stud.wchuwr.pl.

02-05 October * 6th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON MOLECULAR INSECT SCIENCE, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS. Info: www.molecularinsectscience.com. R. Perry, R.Perry@elsevier.com Voice: 31-0-20-485-3207.


(N) 10-13 January * 3rd GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON PLANT PATHOLOGY FOR FOOD SECURITY, Udaipur, INDIA. Info: C.Chattopadhyay, Div. Of Crop Protection, Indian Inst. Of Pulses Research, Kanpur 208024, U.P., INDIA. Chirantan_Cha@hotmail.com. Fax: 91-512-257-2582. Voice: 91-512-257-2464. tinyurl.com

28-29 February * CROP PROTECTION IN NORTHERN BRITIAN 2012, Dundee Scotland, UK. Info: T. Heilbron, 74a Errol Rd., Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5AF, UK. Tim@cpnb.org. Www.cpnb.org.


01-05 July * INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, PLANT AND CANOPY ARCHITECTURE IMPACT ON DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PEST DEVELOPMENT, Rennes, Brittany, FRANCE. Info: tinyurl.com (N)ew or [R]evised listings to report for this year.


(N) May * 6th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF NEMATOLOGY, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA. Info: www.sanematodes.com. D. Fourie, Driekie.Fourie@nwu.ac.za.


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