Twelfth Online meeting of the bark beetle mycobiome International Research Coordination Network 2021-09-30
On Wednesday 29 September, the Bark Beetle Mycobiome International Research Coordination Network held their 12th online meeting. The theme of the meeting was “What do regulatory agencies need from Scientists?”. The meeting was attended by more than 50 researchers from around the globe, interested in bark and ambrosia beetle research. The meeting was structured in two parts. The first part consisted of several short presentations to introduce the network and highlight aspects that would be addressed in the meeting, specifically invasive bark and ambrosia beetles. The presentation section included three South African speakers - Prof. Wilhelm de Beer from FABI who presented a short update on the current PSHB invasion in South Africa, Dr Jan Hendrik Venter from the Department of Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) who presented on the regulation surrounding the accidental importation of pests/pathogens and the movement of plant products and Dr John Wilson from the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) who presented on monitoring and national reporting of invasive species. The second part of the meeting was an open discussion addressing various of the aspects brought up during the presentation session. If you are interested in attending future meetings, watching the recording of this meeting (or other previous meetings), or want more info on the bark beetle mycobiome International Research Coordination Network, please visit the wiki by clicking here.