Last week, IPM IL Director Muni Muniappan and Associate Director Amer Fayad, along with IPM project PI Abhijin Adiga, attended the Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Symposium at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, March 23-24, 2016.
This was an international symposium that brought experts studying emerging plant diseases and their arthropod vectors to discuss new developments on emerging plant disease biology and discuss an expanding array of new technologies to gather, analyze, synthesize, and share knowledge about emerging infectious diseases of plants that affect global food security.
Fayad and Naidu Rayapati of Washington State University presented a poster at the meeting, which was selected for digital presentation that Rayapati delivered. The poster presentation was titled “Management of emerging plant virus diseases for food and nutritional security in subsistence agriculture.”
Before the symposium, Muniappan, Fayad, and Adiga met with Danesha Seth Carley, the Associate Director of the Southern Integrated Pest Management Center to discuss our projects and possibilities for collaboration and coordination with regional IPM centers in areas of mutual interest.