Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plenary Presentations

Chemoecological approaches to pest management

Kesavan Subaharan, National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bangalore, India

Biography: Dr. Kesavan Subaharan completed his Ph.D. in 1998 from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India and worked on learning and memory of Drosophila melanogaster at National Center for Biological Sciences as a postdoctoral fellow. He is currently serving as Principal Scientist in Division of Germplasm Conservation and Utilization at Indian Council of Agricultural Research - National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources (ICAR – NBAIR), Bengaluru. His research interest is to utilize the semiochemicals for pest management. Currently his lab focuses on using the nanotechnological approaches for delivery of semiochemicals. He was a visiting scientist at Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology at Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany (2008-2009). He is a recipient of ICAR Lal Bahadur Shastri Young Scientist Award and DBT Overseas Associate Fellowship 2011. He has two patents on his biotechnological discovery. He also has commercialized the technology on using nanomatrix for delivery of semiochemicals. He has over 50 publications in reputed journals.

Integrating pest management research and extension in the Midwestern U.S.A.

Kelley Tilmon, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH

Novel strategies for management of fruit flies in Africa

Baldwyn Torto, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya

Biography: Dr. Baldwyn Torto is an organic chemist and principal scientist at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and was recently selected to serve as a member of AAS Commission on Science Education. He has over 25 years of progressive research experience on insects impacting on food security, human health, biodiversity, and environmental research, with outputs mostly geared toward improving the livelihoods of the rural and urban poor in Africa. He was inspired to pursue a research career on insects by Professor Thomas R. Odhiambo, founding director of ICIPE, who once said, “Only scientific research will bring Africa to a position where it can control its destiny.” He has been true to this course, and he is currently coordinating research aimed at conserving the rich honey bee diversity in Africa for important ecosystem services for food security. He is also championing the development of improved management tools against vector-borne emerging infectious diseases on the continent.

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