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Pests and diseases under the spotlight

The first international conference on tropical fruit pests and diseases will take place in Malaysia this September

Pests and diseases under the spotlight

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The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) has revealed that it is organising the first International Conference on Tropical Fruit Pests and Disease (TROPED 2018).

The event takes place on 25-27 September 2018 at the Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia.

TROPED 2018 is supported by the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MOA), and is coorganised by the Biotechnology Research Institute of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), CABI South East Asia, the Department of Agriculture (DOA) Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), and the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI).

Under the the theme of 'Sustainable Solutions for Tropical Fruit Pests and Diseases', the conference will feature six sessions on New and Emerging Tropical Fruit Pests and Diseases; Challenges and Opportunities in Biosecurity and Quarantine; Plant Health, Soil Nutrition, and Disease-free Planting Materials; Advances in Biological Control Methods; Advances in Biotechnology Research on Tropical Fruit Pests and Diseases; and Developments in Plant Protection: Emerging Trends and Capacity Requirements.

The keynote presentations will be delivered by two international experts on pests and diseases, Dr Randy Christopher Ploetz from the University of Florida and Dr Julie Flood from CABI UK.

In conjunction with the conference, a free live demonstration of CABI’s Plant Clinic programme will be conducted. A field trip to Kundasang, Sabah will also be held after the sessions.

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