USDA ARS European Biological Control Lab Co-Sponsors 4th International Symposium on Weeds and Invasive Plants, May 2014
The USDA ARS European Biological Control Laboratory was co-sponsor of the 4th International Symposium on Weeds and Invasive Plants, held at the French national graduate school of agriculture, SupAgro, in Montpellier, France, 19-23 May 2014. The symposium was attended by 170 participants from 35 countries, including 15 from USDA ARS. For the first time, this European-based conference on weeds included significant contributions on biological control. A special session was held on performing research overseas, including summary reports from all of the USDA ARS overseas biological control laboratories, the agricultural science NGO CABI, and the Australian Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). More information can be found at the Symposium website.
The meeting also provided an occasion for the USDA ARS overseas laboratories directors to meet, including the present (Daniel Strickman) and next (Lincoln Smith) directors of the European Biological Control Laboratory, the director of the Australian Biological Control Laboratory (Matthew Purcell), and the director of the Foundation for the Study of Invasive Species in Argentina (Guillermo Cabrera-Walsh). The new national program leader for Invasive Pests of Crops, Rosalind James, attended the meeting and led discussions on new project plans for the overseas laboratories. Amid other presentations by USDA ARS scientists, Christina Hernandez of the Argentina laboratory won the prize for best poster of the meeting.