Rearing High Quality Invertebrates for Multiple Purposes
November 14 - 17, 2017
Joint Meeting of
IOBC Global Working Group on Mass Rearing & Quality Assurance (MRQA)
Sociedad Mexicana de Control Biológico
Association of Natural Bio-control Producers (ANBP)
International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA), Invertebrate
Biocontrol Agents Group
Sociedad Mexicana de Control Biológico
The workshop will be held at the El Conquistador Hotel in Mérida,
The registration fee includes
conference materials, an excursion on 16 November, luncheons on 15,
16, and 17 November and a conference dinner on 17 November.
• Early Registration IOBC Members (before 1 Sept, 2017) - 140
• Late Registration IOBC Members (between 1 Sept and 31 Oct, 2017)
- 170 USD
• Early Registration non-IOBC Members (before 1 Sept, 2017) -
• Late Registration non-IOBC Members (between 1 Sept and 31 Oct,
2017) - 200 USD
• Conference dinner for accompanying persons - 20 USD
For online registration,
When you complete the online registration you will see a Pay Online
button that takes you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account,
send an email to MRQA2017@gmail.com
and we will send you an online
credit card payment request.
Program / Call For
Oral Papers or Posters:
The workshop objective is to explore opportunities for advancing the
rearing of high quality entomophagous and phytophagous insects and mites,
entomopathogenic nematodes, and other invertebrates for plant and animal
pest management, human and animal food, and a variety of other uses.
The program will consist of symposia on current “Hot topics,”
with invited and submitted oral presentations, and posters on the selected
aspects of arthropod rearing as they relate to production and quality
control. Only a limited number of speaking slots will be available for
submitted talks and selection will be made by the organizing committee
based on the topic and novelty of the talk. Presentations will serve
as a basis for discussion and exchange, with the final aim of improving
collaboration among scientists and practitioners. The program also will
include an organized excursion.
Once you have registered,
to submit an abstract please visit:
and log in with the email address and password you used to register.
General Topics for
the Symposia include:
1. Development and validation of protocols for invertebrate mass rearing
and quality assurance, with special attention to novel quality control
2. Mass rearing invertebrates for:
- Management of arthropod pests
- Veterinary and medical field applications
- Production of insects for feed and food
3. Breeding of beneficial arthropods
4. Networking and instruction on insect rearing
5. Legal and ethical issues associated with mass rearing invertebrates
A technical visit to Laboratorio Regional de reproducción de
Tamarixia radiata del Sureste, Mérida, Yucatán, will be
Guided city tours and tours of archaeological sites can be arranged.
Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.
Conquistador Hotel in Mérida, Mexico will serve as
the meeting site and also has rooms set aside for attendees at a rate
of about 60 USD per night. Attendees are encouraged to make their hotel
reservations at El Conquistador early as there is a limited number of
rooms. Please use the following code when reserving a room: CNDCB.
Other hotel options nearby include Hyatt Regency, Holiday Inn, Fiesta
American, and Presidente Intercontinental.
Julio Bernal (Texas A&M, College Station, Texas; conference host)
Tom Coudron (USDA-ARS Biological Control of Insects Research laboratory,
Columbia, Missouri; IOBC-MRQA co-convenor)
Patrick De Clercq (Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium; IOBC-MRQA co-convenor)
Hugo César Arredondo Bernal (Centro Nacional de Referencia de
Control Biológico, Tecomán, México)
Rose Buitenhuis (Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Vineland Station,
Maria Luisa Dindo (Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy)
Tom Groot (IBMA, Brussels, Belgium)
Lynn Le Beck (ANBP Executive Director, Clovis, California)
Norm Leppla (University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; IOBC-MRQA
Andrew Parker (IAEA, Seibersdorf, Austria)
for Young IOBC Members:
IOBC – MRQA has limited funds to award travel assistance to young
scientists who are IOBC members and are presenting a paper at the meeting.
An application can be made through the online registration webpage.
For queries regarding sponsorship or display space, or for any other
queries, please contact MRQA2017@gmail.com
the proceedings of previous workshops see Proceedings