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PROGRAMME AND INDIVIDUAL ABSTRACTS

THURSDAY 10 MAY

7:30-8:15 REGISTRATION

INTRODUCTORY PERSPECTIVES
8:15-8:30 Mike Wingfield (FABI, UP, South Africa) - Welcome
8:30-9:00 Mike Edwards (FSA, South Africa) - Opening address

REGIONAL OVERVIEWS: Past and future perspective
AUSTRALIA
9:00-9:20 Dennis Haugen (USA) - Sirex management in response to the green triangle outbreak: Lessons for other countries
9:20-9:40 Dick Bashford (Australia) - The current status of S. noctilio distribution, impact and control in Australia

EUROPE
9:40-10:00 Iben Thomsen (Denmark) - A review of Siricids and their fungi in Europe
10:00-10:20 Jan Stenlid (Sweden) - Genetic variation in Amylostereum in Northern and Central Europe

10:20-10:40 Discussion time

10:40-11:10 TEA BREAK

ASIA
11:10-11:30 Mashanobu Tabata (Japan) - A review of Siricid woodwasps, their fungi, and interactions with trees in Japan

SOUTH AMERICA
11:30-11:50 Edson Iede (Brazil) - The woodwasp Sirex noctilio in Brazil - monitoring and control
11:50-12:10 Marcos Beeche (Chile) - Official Program for the detection and control of Sirex noctilio (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) in Chile
12:10-12:30 Rodrigo Ahumada (Chile) - The control of Sirex noctilio in Pinus plantations of the Arauco companies
12:30-12:50 Vicky Klasmer (Argentina) - The introduction, impact and control of S. noctilio in southern Argentina

12:50-13:10 Discussion time

13:10-14:10 LUNCH

NORTH AMERICA
14:10-14:30 Noel Schneeberger (USA) - Response to the recent find of Sirex noctilio in the United States
14:30-14:50 Vic Mastro (David Williams) (USA) - A research update on Sirex noctilio for North America
14:50-15:10 Nathan Schiff (USA) - Siricid diversity, biology and tools for identification
15:10-15:30 Kevin Dodds (USA) - Sirex noctilio detection and behaviour in North American pine ecosystem

15:30-16:00 TEA BREAK

16:00-16:20 Pieter de Groot (Canada) - An overview of the survey for, and research activities on, Sirex noctilio in Canada
16:20-16:40 Isabel Leal (Canada) - Siricid-Fungal-Nematode interactions in Canada
16:40-17:00 David Williams (USA) - Establishment of Beddingia siricidicola for biological control of Sirex noctilio in the Unired States: questions, issues, and challenges
17:00-17:20 Darek Czokajlo (USA) - Optimized Sirex surveillance technology: Designing lures and traps for pest and program needs
17:20-17:40 Discussion time

17:40 OPTIONAL TOUR OF FABI LABS AND NEMATODE-FUNGUS-SIREX RESEARCH


FRIDAY, 11 MAY

AFRICA
8:00-8:20 Colin Dyer (South Africa) - An overview of the national Sirex control strategy in South Africa
8:20-8:40 Phillip Croft (South Africa) - Monitoring the introduction, development and damage of Sirex infestation levels in KwaZulu-Natal
8:40-9:00 Brett Hurley (South Africa) - The Sirex control program in the eastern parts of South Africa: Lessons from research efforts between 2004-2006
9:00-9:20 Grant Boreham (South Africa) - Silvicultural measures to reduce the impact of S. noctilio in Kwazulu-Natal: Challenges and opportunities
9:20-9:40 Marcel Verleur (South Africa) - Validation for mass inoculations with Beddingia siricidicola, despite apparent low inoculation generated parasitism rates
9:40-10:00 Marius du Plessis (South Africa) - Influence of Sirex infestation of P. patula TMP pulp properties

10:00-10:20 Discussion time

10:20-11:00 TEA BREAK

11:00-11:20 Member Mushongahande (Zimbabwe) - The potential threat of Sirex noctilio F. to Zimbabwe�s forestry industry
11:20-11:40 Clement Chilima (Tanzania) - The threat of Sirex noctilio and other alien invasives species in Africa

OVERARCHING THEMES & EXPANDING FRONTIERS
11:40-12:00 Gillian Allard (Italy) - Perspectives on the impending threat of Sirex noctlio in Africa
12:00-12:20 Alan Cameron (USA) - The role of parasitoids in management of Sirex: Looking back and looking ahead
12:20-12:40 Dolly Lanfranco (Chile) - Key biological factors in the management of Sirex noctilio: a review

12:40-13:00 Discussion time

13:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK

14:00-14:20 Jeffrey Dean (USA) - Opportunities for Sirex research in the genomics era
14:20-14:40 Magriet van der Nest (South Africa) - The genetics of recognition in Amylostereum species
14:40-15:00 Kier Klepzig (USA) - Competitive interactions among forest insect associated fungi: Implications to biology, population dynamics, and control
15:00-15:20 Diana Six (USA) - Climate change and the threat of forest insect and their associated fungi
15:20-15:40 Bernard Slippers (South Africa) - The spread and establishment of Sirex noctilio and Amylostereum areolatum in new environments
15:40-16:00 Simon Lawson (Australia) - A focus on pathways to stop the threat of invasive forest pests: Sirex as an example

16:00-16:20 Discussion time

16:20-17:00 Mike Wingfield (South Africa) - Summary and concluding remarks


SATURDAY, 12 MAY
Early departure to Kruger National Park.
Spend day in Kruger Park.
Overnight at Berg en Dal Rest Camp.

SUNDAY, 13 MAY
Spend day in Kruger Park.
Overnight at Skukuza Rest Camp.

MONDAY, 14 MAY
Early departure, through Mpumalanga Pine and Eucalyptus plantation areas.
Field stop to view plantations, and diseases and pests in these.
Stay in Ascot Inn and associated accommodation, Pietermaritzburg.

TUESDAY, 15 MAY
Field day. Visit Sirex infested sites in the Kwazulu-Natal midlands.
Discussions and demonstrations of biological control. Organized by the ICFR in collaboration with Private Forestry companies.
Stay in Ascot Inn and associated accommodation, Pietermaritzburg.

WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY
Sirex workshop, summarizing views from the symposium held in Pretoria, and critically analyzing the South African situation. Organized by the ICFR.
Stay in Ascot Inn and associated accommodation, Pietermaritzburg.

THURSDAY, 17 MAY
Depart. South African delegation drive to Pretoria.
International guests have option to fly out of Durban airport to OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International airport, and from their onwards.