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DLG-Feldtage 2014 will show the latest farm machinery, crop protection, seeds and fertilizers in EU.

DLG-Feldtage 2014 is starting today in Germany. The event for agriculture and farm machinery will continue till 19-th of June. DLG-Feldtage 2014 will take place on the grounds of the International Crop Production Center (IPZ) in Bernburg-Strenzfeld (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany).

A total of 360 companies from the plant breeding sector and the fertilizer and plant protection agent industries as well as associations and institutions from 20 countries will be offering an attractive information programme which is unique in this form in Germany, dealing with all aspects of modern plant production.

“The number of exhibitors has reached a new high,” says DLG-Feldtage Project Manager Andreas Steul. “The figure is around 12 percent higher than two years ago.” He also welcomes the sharp increase in the number of international exhibitors. “This year, we will be able to welcome 70 international exhibitors compared with 42 in 2012. This means that DLG-Feldtage 2014 is more international than ever,” explains Steul. DLG is expecting over 20,000 farmers and agricultural experts from all over Germany and the surrounding countries to visit this top plant production event. The event venue is open for visitors from 9.00 h to 18.00 h on each of the three event days. A day ticket costs EUR 21.

DLG-Feldtage is considered to be the definitive innovation platform for modern plant production in Germany. The event centres on demonstrations of different varieties by plant breeding companies. Tried-and-tested and new varieties as well as seed of all market-relevant crop plants will be shown in the field. In addition, numerous companies, organizations and institutions will present further individual elements of plant production, for example fertilizing, plant protection and various cultivation techniques. An extensive range of products and services in the Tent Hall and on other Campus stands on the grass around the trial field guarantee a comprehensive and in this form unique information programme for visitors to DLG-Feldtage 2014. The event is a major support for farmers setting up their farms ready for the future so that they can meet the considerable challenges of sustainable production.

The extensive expert programme at DLG-Feldtage 2014 is rounded off with machinery demonstrations on every day of the event, the now-traditional European cropping comparisons for rape and wheat as well as information centres offered with partners from the academic community, consultancy services and industry on fertilizer quality, drones and remote sensor systems in agriculture as well as theme centres for topical issues in plant breeding, seed dressing and plant protection. A further highlight will be the International Field Robot Event which will take place as part of DLG-Feldtage 2014. In this competition, autonomous field robots developed by student teams from all over Europe will be competing against each other in various tasks.


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Zygogramma bicolorata, a Parthenium biocontrol agent in Ethiopia

See video, Taking aim at a bitter weed:    http://youtu.be/Ty4r4HPM08s

Addis Ababa – first 2 days
July 13 – July 15, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Nexus Hotel


Adama – second 2 days
July 15 – July 17, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Kereyu Hill Resort Hotel

The purpose of this four-day workshop is to review the current status of parthenium in the world and discuss management practices that can be used to abate its adverse impacts. The workshop will bring together scientists working on parthenium from Africa and other parts of the world to share information on the biology and management of this weed. The workshop is designed to facilitate collaboration among researchers both within Ethiopia and internationally.

The devastating invasive weed parthenium (Parthenium hysterophorus) is making an unwelcome advance in countries around the world from its birthplace in Central America. The scourge, known in Oromiffa, one of Ethiopia’s languages, as “faramsissa,” or “sign your land away,” has now spread to Africa, Asia, and Australia. In Africa, its reach extends from Ethiopia in the north to South Africa in the south. Wherever it goes, it reduces crop yield, adversely affects livestock production by taking over pastures and affecting the taste of cow’s milk, damages human health, and impinges on biodiversity. The Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab—a program funded by USAID and managed by Virginia Tech—has a project in Ethiopia led by Virginia State University that has been developing control practices to abate these adverse impacts. This project has evaluated the host range of two bioagents that control the weed, conducted a detailed survey of parthenium in eastern and southern Africa, and trained several individuals on biological control. Workshop participants will visit a bioagent rearing site, witness the release of bioagents that control parthenium, Zygogramma and Listronotus, and visit farms affected by this weed.

Workshop sponsors: USAID, IPM Innovation Lab at Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, IAPPS, EIAR, ARC-LNR, Alemaya University.


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XXV International Congress of Entomology
Orlando, Florida, USA
September 25-30


Organize a Symposium for ICE 2016
Plan early to be a part of ICE 2016, which will be an exciting and historic event.

Symposia submissions are now open on the new ICE 2016 Website – http://www.ice2016orlando.org

Organize a symposium around your research and share it with this important global audience. Gain exposure for your work and build your worldwide network.

Symposia for ICE 2016 will be 2-4 hours in length and will feature 15-minute presentations related to the symposium topic based on 30 identified scientific sections. The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2015.

Note that Entomological Society of America’s (ESA) 2016 Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with ICE 2016 and all symposia will be combined in this one event. There will not be a separate submission process for the 2016 ESA Annual Meeting.

ICE 2016 will take place from September 25-30, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Learn more about submitting for ICE 2016.

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From: Lodi News-Sentinel


Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 12:33 am

By Wes Bowers/News-Sentinel Staff Writer

The brown marmorated stink bug has recently established itself in Sacramento County.
While it is unclear whether the insect poses a serious threat to Lodi and California viticulture, the Lodi Winegrape Commission is beginning to research the pest’s spread and life cycle to prepare for implementation of integrated pest management control practices.

The commission will hold a meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. May 29 at Burgundy Hall on the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E. Lockeford St.
Chuck Ingels, University of California Cooperative Extension farm adviser for Sacramento County, and Charlie Pickett of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, will speak on a range of topics, including bug identification, potential threat to winegrapes, monitoring, life cycle and control. One and a half hours of CDFA continuing education credit will be offered.
For more information or to make reservations, email Molly Bjork at molly@lodiwine.com or call 209-367-4727.


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The scientists who have made significant contributions to Hessian fly resistance work in Morocco and have been recognized at the IPRI 2014 in Marrakech are:


From the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA):

Dr. Nsarellah Nasserlhaq, Dr. Jlibene Mohamed, Dr. Lhaloui Saadia, Dr. El Hadoury Jamal, Mr. Amamou Ali, Mr. El Haila Mohamed

From the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA):

Dr. Amri Ahmed, Dr. Nachit Miloudi, Dr. Abdalla Osman, Dr. El Bouhssini Mustapha.

From the Mid America International Agricultural Consortium (MIAC)/USAID project:

Dr. Jimmy Hatchet (USDA-ARS, Manhattan, KS).

For more information about the 21st IPRI workshop in Marrakech, please contact:

Mustapha El Bouhssini
Senior entomologist
ICARDA Rabat Office
P.O. Box: 6299
Rabat Instituts
Rabat, Morocco
Tel: (212)537681659
E-mail : M.Bohssini@cgiar.org


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See: http://www.ippc2015.de for full details


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Note to APS members:

The Caribbean Division holds a regional meeting every year. This meeting provides both an intimate venue in which graduate students can present oral papers, and also provides all members the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and share information with colleagues working on subtropical or tropical plant diseases. This year APS-CD is meeting jointly with the Caribbean Food Crop Society which offers an additional opportunity to learn about all types of agricultural research being conducted throughout the greater Caribbean basin.

Please encourage students and colleagues to submit abstracts and participate in the 2014 Caribbean Division meeting being held jointly with the Caribbean Food Crops Society in the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands, July 6-10 (actual APS-CD meeting dates are July 7-9, 2014).

An excellent networking opportunity and we hope to see a great turnout at this year’s meeting.

For details contact:

Aaron J. Palmateer
APS Caribbean Division President


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Posted Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:00 pm 


They may look pretty, but Trisha Gedon, OSU Ag Communications Specialist, said there are many invasive plant species that have a significant negative impact on Oklahoma agriculture. Couple these plants with some invasive insect pests and you have a recipe for disaster.

In an effort to help Oklahomans learn more about the detrimental effects of these plants and insects and how to control them, the Oklahoma Invasive Species Conference is slated March 25 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2010 S. Meridian Ave., in Oklahoma City.

Jackie Lee, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension fruit and nut entomologist and pesticide coordinator, said the one-day conference is geared toward helping educate the people of Oklahoma about invasive species that threaten the economics and ecological health of our state.

“We’ve got several university and industry professionals who will be on hand to share their expertise,” Lee said. “They’ll be sharing information on everything from kudzu and fire ants to invasive aquatics and feral hogs. Speakers will provide regulatory information, as well as species identification, control methods and environmental impact. We’ve got a lot of information packed into this conference.”

The conference also will feature an informative poster session.

This informative conference is sponsored by OSU Cooperative Extension; National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative; the Oklahoma Department of Food and Forestry; and the following academic departments at OSU: entomology and plant pathology, natural resource ecology and management, plant and soil sciences and zoology.

The registration fee is $50 and participants may register online or simply register at the conference site. The fee includes a continental breakfast, refreshment and lunch. Online registration is available at http://agconferences.okstate.edu/oklahoma-invasive-species-conference-1. Participants also may print a registration form and mail it in.

CCA CEUs, pesticide applicator CEUs and in-service credit will be given to participants.

Read more: http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140320/News/140329966#ixzz2wexWYqk2 
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Agriculture and Climate Change



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First Announcement and Call for Abstracts

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Current Opinion in Plant Biology

Agriculture and Climate Change
Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty
15 – 17 February 2015, NH Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The conference Agriculture and Climate Change: Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty will focus on the likely impact of climate change on crop production and explore approaches to maintain and increase crop productivity in the face of climate change.

Maintaining crop production to feed a growing population during a period of climate change is the greatest challenge we face as a species.

The increasing crop yields during the Green Revolution in the last century were brought about mostly through the application of chemical fertilisers and pesticides (and during an uncommon period of climate stability). Yield increases have slowed and may go into decline as the world runs out of sources of phosphate and fossil energy used to produce nitrate fertilisers. New approaches to yield improvement are desperately needed to produce more climate resilient crops.

Call for Abstracts
Submit abstracts by 17 October 2014

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are invited on the conference topics and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system.


  • Increased agricultural uncertainty
  • Effects of CO2 on plant growth
  • Abiotic stress
  • Climate change, pests and disease
  • Nutrient use efficiency
  • New crops for a new climate
  • Redesigning major crops for a new climate
  • Sustainability of agriculture
  • Technologies for rapid crop improvement

Submit your abstract »

For further information on the conference and to sign up for email updates, visit: www.agricultureandclimatechange.com

Important Dates

17 October 2014
Abstract Submission Deadline

5 December 2014
Author Registration and
Early Bird Deadline

Conference Chairs

David Edwards
University of Queensland, Australia

Giles Oldroyd
John Innes Centre, UK

Advisory Committee

Robert Henry
University of Queensland, Australia

Kadambot Siddique
University of Western Australia, Australia

Jose Crossa
CIMMYT, Mexico

Michael Udvardi
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, USA

Andy Paterson
University of Georgia, USA

Mark Sorrells
Cornell University, USA

Mark Tester
KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Rodomiro Ortez
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Jeff Bennetzen
University of Georgia, USA

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