Submitted to: International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/21/2004
Publication Date: 1/20/2005
Citation: Allsopp, P.G., Ganeshan, S., Salazar, J., Suasa-Ard, W., White, W.H., Falloon, T. 2005. New, and Older, Techniques in Pest Management: A Review of the 2003 Entomology Workshop. In: Hogarth, D.M., editors. Proceedings of the XXV Congress of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, January 30 - February 4, 2005, Guatemala City, Guatemala. p. 741-747. Interpretive Summary: Insects are important pests of sugarcane worldwide and are responsible for significant yield losses and in addition to the direct cost associated with their control. International workshops are important vehicles for the sharing of new technologies for control of these insect pests as well as fostering understanding amongst members of the international community of sugarcane entomologist. This paper summarizes the activities of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT) Entomology Workshop held 23-29 November 2003 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Sugarcane growers in the U.S. will ultimately benefit from the workshop as many of the new and older technologies of pest management discussed at the workshop can be directly applied the important insect pests found in this country.
Technical Abstract: This paper summarizes the activities of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT) Entomology Workshop held 23-29 November 2003 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Paper presentations were grouped under the general topic headings of: new techniques in pest management; integrated pest management; variety selection for resistance to pests; cultural techniques; biological control; and biology of pests. Included in the 5-day workshop was a tour through the Jamaican sugar industry to view pest problems, cane growing and milling, production of value-added products, and research facilities and directions. The workshop concluded that new techniques, such as plant-derived insecticides and biotechnology, will contribute to more effective pest management, but that more conventional techniques will continue to play vital roles in integrated systems. However, all successful management strategies must be underpinned by biological studies and must fit within productive, profitable and sustainable systems.