"Rapidly growing numbers of pests and pathogens are appearing in forests and forest plantations worldwide. New trends are emerging relating to the origin of these pests and pathogens and there is a great need for those of us interested in forest biosecurity to share knowledge and experience."
Dr Mike Wingfield - Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) South Africa.
The IUFRO International Biosecurity Conference 2009, provided a forum for forest entomologists, pathologists and vegetation management scientists, forest managers and policy makers to share knowledge, create networks and promote international actions.
Key questions were explored such as:
- How do we model the impacts of weeds, insects and diseases on forest productivity?
- How do we define pests of the future and model likelihood of their establishment?
- How do we stop pests moving around the world?
- Can we manage vegetation without herbicides?
- Can we manage quarantine pests without fumigants like methyl bromide?
- Are diverse forests more resistant to pest impacts?
- What are the best techniques for eradicating pests?
For a detailed programme listing for this event, CLICK HERE