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Advances in IPM 2017: Reinventing agriculture to reduce dependency on pesticides
To be held at
Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, UK
25 - 26 September 2017
BASIS points will be applied for

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Jon Knight (Head of Research & Knowledge Exchange, AHDB Horticulture)

Jennifer Lewis (Head of Portfolio, Certis)

Prof Felix Wackers (Director of R&D, Biobest)

Prof Duncan Cameron (University of Sheffield)

Prof Rob Edwards (University of Newcastle)

Dr Brande Wulff (John Innes Centre)

Reducing dependency on pesticides is a huge challenge and will require the best science and the best translation of that science. The government Industrial Strategy must include help for the agricultural sector as it strives to maintain competitive farming, post Brexit, in an economic environment where growers will be even less able to afford major crop losses to pests, weeds and diseases. Over the last decade, the AABs conferences covering advances in biocontrol, IPM and biopesticides have become firm fixtures on the UK calendar of events. The overall objective has been to create an annual gathering of the UK IPM community at which policy makers, experienced researchers, young scientists and practitioners can detach themselves from their usual day-to-day pressures and become totally immersed in this important subject.

This years theme is "Reinventing agriculture to reduce dependency on pesticides" and there will be five sessions:

Regulation of Crop Protection (after Brexit)

Biocontrol and other techniques to reduce dependency on pesticides

Integrated control of Weeds

Improving Genetic Resistance to Disease

Phytobiomes - less chemistry more biology?

The conference will be spread over two days with the option to stay overnight and enjoy an informal conference dinner. Your session could be scheduled on either day to fit your availability if you are only available on one day. The programme will be broken down into a series of important subject areas. Each session will be introduced by invited keynote speakers who have responsibility for the implementation of new policies or work at the forefront of technological developments. The bulk of the sessions will be comprised of short papers selected from those offered by delegates. In order to involve as many people and topics as possible, speakers will be restricted to slots of 15 minutes. The events have been fully subscribed in previous years.

Descriptions of papers can be submitted by mailing or faxing the attached sheet to the AAB Office, or online via our web site at http://www.aab.org.uk. Click on CONFERENCES and then ABSTRACTS in the menu bar, then the title of Conference. Once you have registered as a user you can upload your details. Please indicate if your offer is for a poster or a platform presentation. Please ensure your POP UP BLOCKER is off, or the abstract may not load properly.

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