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First Announcement - Mark Your Calendars!


14th IOBC-MRQA Workshop

Mass Rearing High Quality Invertebrates for Multiple Purposes

Mérida, Mexico
November 14 - 17, 2017



Joint Meeting of the:
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
Hosted by:
Sociedad Mexicana de Control Biológico

The workshop will be held in Mérida, Mexico. Details on the venue will be given in a subsequent announcement.

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,” invited and submitted presentations, and posters on the selected aspects of arthropod rearing as they relate to production and quality control. 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.

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 techniques
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

Additional suggestions are welcome. Submission of symposia and poster abstracts will be via website through Oxford Abstracts and instructions will be included in a subsequent announcement.

Organized Tour:
A technical visit to Laboratorio Regional de reproducción de Tamarixia radiata del Sureste, Mérida, Yucatán, will be organized.
Guided city tours and tours of archaeological sites can be arranged

Details on accomodation options, registration fees, etc. will be announced in a subsequent circular.

Organizing Committee:
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, Ontario, Canada)
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 past convenor)
Andrew Parker (IAEA, Seibersdorf, Austria)

Financial Assistance 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. Application instructions will be included in a second circular.

For queries regarding sponsorship or display space, or for any other queries, please contact Dr. Julio Bernal at juliobernal@tamu.edu

All upcoming information on the program, registration and accommodation will be available here on the MRQA website. A circular for registration and call for papers will be distributed in spring 2017.

Photo David Bjorgen


For the proceedings of previous workshops see Proceedings








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