Michigan State University and University of California Organize Special Symposium on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Central Asia at the 25th International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida, USA

Group photoMichigan State University (MSU) and University of California-Davis (UC-Davis) in collaboration with the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) and local institutions in Central Asia hosted a special symposium titled “Ecologically-Based Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Selected Food Security Crops in Central Asia” at the 25th International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida, USA on Sept. 30, 2016. This symposium shared the research results and experiences of a decade long USAID-funded IPM collaborative research and capacity building project implemented in three countries in Central Asia from 2005 to 2014. The program was implemented in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and focused on ecologically-based IPM approaches in three key food security crops namely wheat, potato, and tomato.

This symposium was co-sponsored by the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian studies (CERES) at MSU and 2016 International Congress of Entomology. The special symposium included eight speakers from MSU, UC-Davis, ICARDA, AgroLead NGO in Kyrgyzstan, World Vegetable Center in Tajikistan, and two research scholars from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. A diverse set of presentations described the development and dissemination of ecologically-based IPM programs implemented over the last decade through collaborative partnerships involving Central Asian governments, international CGIAR Centers, non-governmental organizations, and universities from both the United States and Central Asia, showcasing excellent case studies of collaborations transcending borders. The presentations covered the following topics:

  1. An Overview of Agricultural Sector in Central Asia - Karim Maredia and Saltanat Mambetova
  2. History, Current Status and Achievements of the IPM Innovation Lab in Central Asia Saltanat Mambetova, Karim Maredia, and Frank Zalom
  3. Role of Biolaboratories in Facilitating IPM in Central Asia – Bahodir Eschanov, Frank Zalom, and George Bird
  4. Opportunities for Enhancing Ecosystem Services in Tajikistan Agriculture - Nurali Saidov, Douglas Landis, and Anvar Jalilov
  5. Challenges and Opportunities for Wheat IPM in Central Asia - Mustafa El-Bohssini, Douglas Landis, Nurali Saidov, Anvar Jalilov, Megan Kennelly, and Ram Sharma
  6. Potato Pest Management in Central Asia - George Bird, Nurali Saidov, Anara Chakaeva, and Murataly Aitmatov
  7. Status of Tomato IPM in Uzbekistan - Frank Zalom, Barno Tashpulatova, and Ravza Mavlyanova
  8. IPM Capacity, Communication and Outreach at University, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations in Central Asia - Gulnaz Kaseeva, Karim Maredia, and Joy Landis

Around 25 participants attended the symposium and actively interacted with the presenters. A special publication will be developed from this symposium for wider distribution in Central Asia region. For more information on the project, please visit: Central Asia IPM Project.

Other eventsEvent dinner

  • Central Asia Regional IPM Workshop, Aug. 22-24, 2014, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Central Asia Regional IPM Forum, June 1-5, 2009; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Pest Diagnostic Workshop, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in conjunction with the 2009 Central Asia Regional IPM Forum (see photos)
  • 2007 IPM Forum in Central Asia (Project progress, Tajikistan)
  • 2005 IPM Forum (planning grant, Uzbekistan)