Thank you to everyone that participated in the National Forum on Climate and Pests. Our online audience was able to listen, watch, and pose questions to a group of the world’s experts as they presented and discussed the latest research on climate change and the shifting dynamics of diseases, insects, and weeds.
About the Event
The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center, sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and located at Cornell University, is a leading provider of science-based information on topics related to variations in climate and pest populations, distributions, effects, risks, and pressures in agriculture, forestry, and human-wildland interfaces in the United States.
We expect the National Forum on Climate and Pests to attract online participants with a global representation. A group of approximately 30 invited experts will gather and present live from the National Academies in Washington, DC.
Our goal is to bring those in the fields of climate and biological sciences together in one location to share the latest, science-based information with an online audience and also to think strategically about how to plan for the creation of more adaptable and resilient agriculture and forestry ecosystems being threatened by pests related to climate change. We will draw expertise from pest managers, regulatory agencies, policy makers, scientists and faculty, not-for-profit groups, and information multipliers including communicators and cooperative extension staff.
The forum will include two days of climate and pest research, spanning a range of topics:
Shifting plant hardiness zones
Increasing resilience of diseases, insects, and weeds
Adapting pest biology that could make management more difficult
Growing impacts on the environment, economies, and society and culture
Free, live online streaming begins at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 and continues through October 5.
Slide show photo credits: Pest and weed photos from Bugwood.org — Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) by John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University; Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) by Gary Bernon, USDA APHIS; Potato Leafhopper (Empoasca fabae) by Steve L. Brown, University of Georgia; Pea Leafminer (Liriomyza huidobrensis) by Plant Protection Service. All other photos from Morguefile.com.