Biosecurity in a global context
The IUFRO International Forest Biosecurity Conference was an amazing event that brought scientists and policy makers together from around the world. Delegates represented the broad ranges of disciplines required to protect forests from damage caused by insect pests, weeds and diseases. The organisers wish to thank all those who attended conference and helped to make it so worthwhile.
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- 6th International Forest Vegetation Management Conference.
- Workshop on managing the biosecurity threats to forests in a changing global environment.
- Working parties of IUFRO division 1 (silviculture), division 7 (forest health) and division 8 (Environment)
"Rapidly growing numbers of pests and pathogens are appearing in forests and forest plantations worldwide. New trends are emerging relating to the origin of these pests and pathogens and there is a great need for those of us interested in forest biosecurity to share knowledge and experience."
"The conference is fundamental in driving this process and I have no doubt that it will have a substantial impact on the way in which we deal with the subject for many years to come."
Dr Mike Wingfield - Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) South Africa.
The IUFRO International Biosecurity Conference 2009, provided a forum for forest entomologists, pathologists and vegetation management scientists, forest managers and policy makers to share knowledge, create networks and promote international actions.
Key questions were explored such as:
- How do we model the impacts of weeds, insects and diseases on forest productivity?
- How do we define pests of the future and model likelihood of their establishment?
- How do we stop pests moving around the world?
- Can we manage vegetation without herbicides?
- Can we manage quarantine pests without fumigants like methyl bromide?
- Are diverse forests more resistant to pest impacts?
- What are the best techniques for eradicating pests?
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