International Workshop on Biological Control of Invasive Species of Forests in the United States and P. R. China
To: All who are interested in biological control of invasive species of forests
From: Yun Wu and Richard Reardon, USDA Forest Service-Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, Zongqi Yang and Wenxia Zhao, Chinese Academy of Forestry-Research Institute of Forest Ecology, Environment and Protection
International cooperation among the USDA Forest Service and various organizations in China to manage invasive species of forests has been ongoing for many years. This cooperation will need to be strengthened and the risk of new introduction of invasive species into the U. S. and P. R. China will continue to increase.
We are in the early stages of planning an international workshop that focuses on reviewing past and planning for future cooperation. The scope of the topics to be included in the workshop is broad, including arthropods, pathogens, plants, and other organisms.
Workshop objectives: 1) To summarize the most recent 15 years (1993-2007) of cooperation between USDA Forest Service and various organizations in China to manage invasive species of forests; 2) To develop a plan for future cooperation between the USDA Forest Service and various organizations in China, as well as other Asian countries to manage invasive species of forests; 3) To develop/strengthen strategies for minimizing introduction of invasive species of forests between the two countries; 4) To encourage informal exchanges of scientists and workshops covering biological control of invasive species of forests; 5) To harmonize the shipment of natural enemies; and 6) To document the biology, life history, natural enemies, etc. for a prioritized list of potential invasive species of forests threatening both countries.
The workshop will be held from September 20-25, 2007 in Beijing, P. R. China. In an effort to meet workshop monetary constrains it will be limited to 120 participants. Limited funds are available to cover international travel for invited speakers and to sponsor registration and lodging for graduate students.
The workshop will be co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Forestry, the China State Forestry Administration-Department of Afforestation, and the USDA Forest Service- Forest Health Protection, -Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, and -International Programs.
If you are interested in making a presentation or a poster at this workshop, please send: 1) name, 2) affiliation, 3) E-mail address, 4) a title and a 3-4 sentence summary of your presentation in English or Chinese using a MS Word or PDF attachment, to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 20, 2006. You may go to http://svinetfc2.fs.fed.us/biocontrol for future announcements and updated information. If you have any questions regarding the workshop please contact Yun Wu at email@example.com or (304) 285-1594, or Zhongqi Yang at firstname.lastname@example.org or 86 10 62889502.