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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPING INTEGRATED WEED AND INSECT PEST MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR EFFICIENT AND SUSTAINABLE SUGARCANE PRODUCTION Title: Impact of Globalization on Sugarcane Pests, Biodiversity and the Environment: A Review of the 2009 Entomology Workshop

Authors
item White, William
item Willink, Eduardo -
item Ganeshan, Seelavarn -
item Samson, Peter -
item Goebel, Francois-Regis -

Submitted to: International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: September 3, 2009
Publication Date: March 11, 2010
Citation: White, W.H., Willink, E., Ganeshan, S., Samson, P.R., Goebel, F. 2010. Impact of Globalization on Sugarcane Pests, Biodiversity and the Environment: A Review of the 2009 Entomology Workshop. Proceedings of the 27th Congress of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, March 7-11,2010, Veracruz, Mexico. 2010 CDROM.

Interpretive Summary: Globalization is the integration of economic, political, and cultural systems across the planet. It can be a force for economic growth but can also have an adverse impact on local agriculture by facilitating the introduction of insect pests and reducing biodiversity thus increasing the frequency of pest outbreaks. Sugar cane industries will require entomologists to react to the negative effects of globalization by maintaining sustainability of their home industries. The International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT) Entomology Workshops are ideal forums for obtaining knowledge on the most recent control strategies, emerging pest developments and threats, and new technologies useful in unravelling difficult pest, host, and environmental inter-relationships. The 7th ISSCT Entomology Workshop was held from 20 to 24 April 2009 in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina under the theme: “Impact of Globalization on Sugar Cane Pests, Biodiversity and the Environment”. Technical sessions held over three days were grouped into five subject headings: biological control of sugar cane pests; pest management; insect-plant interactions; losses due to sugar cane pests; and biological studies of sugar cane pests. As globalization will likely continue to impact the world’s sugar cane industries, the ISSCT Entomology Workshops will continue as an important venue for entomologist seeking to maintain sustainability in their home industries.

Technical Abstract: The 7th International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT) Entomology Workshop was held from 20 to 24 April 2009 in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina under the theme: “Impact of Globalization on Sugar Cane Pests, Biodiversity and the Environment”. Technical sessions held over three days were grouped into five subject headings: biological control of sugar cane pests; pest management; insect-plant interactions; losses due to sugar cane pests; and biological studies of sugar cane pests. Following the technical sessions, field trips allowed delegates to view important insect pests of the Argentine sugar cane industry in the field and visit the Estación Experimental Agroindustrial Obispo Colombres, as well as cultural sites in the region surrounding San Miguel de Tucumán. The Entomology section concluded that globalization will most likely continue to impact the world’s sugar cane industries. The ISSCT Entomology Workshops will therefore become increasingly important as a venue for entomologists to stay abreast of impending insect threats to their industries and to keep current with new technologies that will be vital for managing potential new invaders as well as maintaining sustainability.

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