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13th IOBC-MRQA Workshop

Emerging Opportunities for the Mass Production & Quality Assurance of Invertebrates

Bangalore, India
November 6 - 8, 2013


Meeting report


The 13th workshop of the IOBC Global WG on Mass Rearing & Quality Assurance (MRQA) was held in Bangalore, India from 6 to 8 November 2013, under the theme of "Emerging opportunities for the mass production and quality assurance of invertebrates". It was organized as a joint meeting of IOBC-MRQA, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the Society for Biocontrol Advancement of India (SBA) and the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA). The workshop was hosted by the National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects (NBAII – ICAR).

Some 75 delegates from 10 countries participated in the event. The objectives of this workshop were to address the concept of quality and protocols of quality assessment, the production of invertebrates for biological control and other emerging applications, and societal and legal issues associated with the mass rearing and use of invertebrates for integrated pest management. Four symposia, with 32 oral presentations and 16 posters, addressed the different aspects of arthropod and nematode rearing as it relates to quality assurance:

  1. Development and validation of protocols for invertebrate mass rearing and quality assurance (Chairs: S. P. Singh, C. J. Geden)
  2. Mass rearing invertebrates for management of arthropod pests, veterinary and medical field applications and the production of microbial biocontrol agents (Chairs: A. Verghese, K. Bolckmans)
  3. Biocontrol in high value and export crops and new emerging markets (Chairs: M. Mani, S. Steinberg)
  4. Legal and ethical issues associated with mass rearing invertebrates (Chairs: T. M. Manjunath, A. Krishnamoorthy)


Papers in these symposia served as a basis for discussion and exchange, with the final aim of expanding our awareness of the variety of applications and methods that utilize mass rearing of invertebrates, and improving collaboration among scientists, practitioners and regulators. Particular attention was given to the technical and socio-economic challenges faced by emerging economies in Asia and elsewhere related to the mass production, regulation and release of invertebrate biological control agents.

For viewing pdf-files of presentations and posters please follow this link: http://www.nbaii.res.in/iobc.html


For the proceedings of this and previous workshops see Proceedings








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