Beyond the Field and Into the Community (includes community, medical, veterinary, public health, structural, built environment, and landscapes)

This mini-symposium will look at non-agricultural applications of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), including IPM for pests in the built-environment, medical, veterinary, and public health issues, and adoption of IPM practices in community environments. While IPM philosophy began in agricultural settings, progressive practices in and around the built environment have surpassed the original fundamentals. Rodent and arthropod related vector impacts continue to increase in many countries, and recognition that the health of people is inherently connected to the health of animals and the environment is a driving force behind the adoption of a One Health approach in community environments. Pests such as cockroaches and mice are asthma triggers as well as pathogen carriers, and research suggests that other pests including bed bugs, have significant negative health impacts. Pests can trigger mental and behavioral health issues, including anxiety, depression, sleep, hoarding disorders, and delusory parasitosis. Overuse and misuse of pesticides remains a challenge, but novel chemistries and safer delivery systems are entering the market. As increasing levels of healthcare are embedded in social support systems, pest management is increasingly accepted as a critically important element in the support of healthy communities. Since pests typically present the greatest problems in low-income and other marginalized populations, health equity or environmental justice issues arise. In this mini symposium, we will address current trends in stakeholder needs, vulnerabilities, and attitudes towards these issues, and highlight research and Extension efforts in these areas.


Fresh from the Field: New IPM Technologies in Entomology and Plant Pathology

This mini-symposium will involve some of the most important new IPM technologies that have been adopted recently or are on the horizon. Nationally prominent innovators will share their experiences in implementing new and emerging IPM technologies. Examples of these novel technologies include the following:  digital technology (data acquisition and analysis), sensors (water, nutrients), apps (information delivery), drones and remote sensing for pest and disease scouting, satellite imaging, diagnostic techniques, automation, robotics, new fumigants and pesticides, nanotechnology for crop disease management, RNAi, pesticide resistance management, and practical IPM training. Included will be examples of newly emergent pests and diseases encountered by leading crop advisors and disruption of IPM by these organisms and food safety regulations. Updates on disease forecasting, GMO crops and advances in the use of sterile insects in areawide pest management also may be addressed.


Global Challenges (international work, across borders)

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IPM Across Disciplines (public image, adoption of IPM, education, risk communication)

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