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2012 Symposium - Plans are underway for the 7th International IPM Symposium to be held in 2012. Specific date and location yet to be determined. If you would like to volunteer to be part of a planning committee for the symposium, contact Brenna Wanous by January 1.

The Sixth International IPM Symposium was held in Portland, Oregon on March 24-26, 2009. This outstanding conference provided an opportunity to share the world's latest advances in managing pests in ways that are cost effective and protect human health and the environment. There were more than 700 participants from 29 countries, confirming its designation as the first "International" IPM Symposium.

The Sixth Symposium began with a plenary session in which Dan Gerling, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, Israel, spoke on "Fostering IPM and International Understanding in the Middle East." He was followed by Janjo de Haan, Wangeningen Research Center, The Netherlands, who delivered a presentation on "Integrated Crop Protection as a Part of Farming System Design." Next, Pierce Jones, Program for Resource Efficient Communities, University of Florida, described "Master Planned Community Developments and IPM" and finally Sara J. Scherr, Ecoagriculture Partners, Washington, D.C., concluded with "IPM Strategies in Ecoagriculture Landscapes: The Challenge and Opportunities of Coordinated Pest Management for Products and Ecosystem Services."

The Symposium program was carefully crafted to incorporate the best available IPM information. There were 67 regular sessions, 194 posters, 28 exhibitors and a considerable number of both scheduled and unscheduled side meetings in the mornings and evenings. The regular sessions, posters and side meetings addressed the following subjects, some more than once and from different perspectives:

  • Challenges (global food shortages, delivering IPM, international cooperation, IPM road map municipal pesticide laws, IPM education, economics)
  • Strategies (green revolution, eXtension, integrated crop management, regional food systems, pesticides in surface waters, landscape level IPM, area-wide IPM.
  • Applications (insect-transmitted plant viruses, best management practices, invasive species, environmental stewardship, vegetation management, water and soil quality, plant nutrition and diseases)
  • Pests (termites, bed bugs, thrips, bark beetles, ants, migratory insects)
  • Crops (corn, soybeans, genetically modified, organic, biofuels)
  • Communities (schools, child care facilities, green buildings)
  • Pesticides (biorationals, risks, resistance, biopesticides, evaluation, biofumigation)
  • Marketing (IPM in retail stores, eco-labeling, food industry, branding IPM, pest management industry)
  • Technologies (geographic information systems IPM impacts)

A new, creative activity was to conduct brainstorming sessions on selected topics with the goal of generating actions to be accomplished before the next Symposium. The four topics selected for this conference were "Integrating IPM with the Design of Cropping Systems: A Multifunctional Approach," "Branding IPM," "Education and Training in IPM," and "IPM Adoption: Keys to Implementing IPM and Gaining Its Full Benefits."

At the special awards ceremony, International IPM Excellence Awards were presented to:
  • USAID IPM Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP)
  • SYSCO Corporation
  • Green Shield Certification Program
  • Dr. Zeyaur R. Khan, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Salt Lake City School District, Utah.
The Lifetime International IPM Achievement Award was presented to:
  • Bio-Integral Resource Center of California.
The International IPM Awards of Recognition were presented to:
  • Santa Clara County, California
  • Grower Incentives for IPM Team Project
  • International Team for Sustainable Adoption of Eggplant IPM in South Asia.
Plans are underway for the next symposium. If you are interested in helping plan the symposium or providing financial support, contact the Steering Committee at

Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a long-standing, science-based, decision-making process that identifies and reduces risks from pests and pest management related strategies. It coordinates the use of pest biology, environmental information, and available technology to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means, while posing the least possible risk to people, property, resources, and the environment.

More than 650 professionals from 23 countries representing industry, government, universities, and non-governmental organizations attended the previous very successful 5th IPM symposium, held in 2006 in St. Louis, Missouri (

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