At the time of the 2017 ISBCA, biological control has never been at a more exciting stage of development, and the need for biological control has never been greater. This proposed keynote will explore how the recent advances in two particular fields open great opportunities to both understand fundamental aspects of biology that underpin our discipline as well as to deliver more effective solutions to end-users. First, the rapidly falling cost of DNA sequencing and capacity for bioinformatic analyses mean that genomic data rich studies of agents and functionally related species are increasingly feasible and powerful. Second, theoretical advances in spatial ecology are complemented by unmanned aerial vehicles as platforms for advanced remote, hyperspectral imaging. These high-tech approaches will allow biological control to more consistently achieve end-user benefits such as in recent work in Asian rice.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||5th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods: ISBCA 2017 - Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia|
Duration: 11 Sep 2017 → 15 Sep 2017
http://www.isbca-2017.org/index.php?cat=show_start (Conference website)
|Conference||5th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods|
|Period||11/09/17 → 15/09/17|
|Other||More than 130 biological control researchers and practitioners from 25 countries came together during the week of 11 to 15 September 2017 to participate in the global flagship conference on the biological control of arthropods using parasitoids and predators. Organised by CABI Malaysia and the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), the International Symposium on the Biological Control of Arthropods (ISBCA) took place in Langkawi, Malaysia. The local organising committee for the symposium comprised Dr. Loke Wai Hong and Dr. A. Sivapragasam from CABI together with Dr. Mohamad Roff from MARDI. |
The conference, the fifth in a series of symposia held every four years, presented a unique forum for arthropod biological control researchers and practitioners to meet, exchange information and discuss up-to-date issues relating to biological control. This year’s event focused on the use of parasitoids and predators in the ongoing battle to control certain invasive arthropod species.