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EPPO Reporting Service no. 11 - 2013 Num. article: 2013/255

4th International Symposium on Weeds and Invasive Plants, Montpellier, 2014-05-18/23

The 4th edition of European Weed Research Society Working Group ‘Intractable Weeds and Plant Invaders’ will be held in Montpellier, France, from 18 to 23 May 2014.

This series of symposia brings together scientists and practionners from Europe and around the World, in order to share experiences on biology, ecology, and management of invasive plants, both in natural and agricultural ecosystems. The particular objectives of this 4th symposium are:
  • to broaden the scope of the conference to include the entire Mediterranean Basin including North African countries where the agronomical and environmental concerns are similar to those of the southern Europe;
  • to facilitate a European coordination for a sustainable and efficient management of Ambrosia artemisiifolia (Asteraceae, EPPO List of Invasive Alien Plants);
  • to promote environmental-friendly methods of control (biological and integrated control);
  • to strengthen interactions between all fields for the management of invasive plants by facilitating exchanges of experience between the researchers in basic and applied research, and managers and action agencies in the field.
For this latter point, Pest Risk Assessment and Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) will be of particular interest in connection with the future EU regulation policy on invasive alien plants. Another session dealing with human perceptions of invasions will be an opportunity to provide information on on the efforts that have been made in recent years in applying the Code of conduct on horticulture and invasive alien plants and to consider how to communicate on invasive alien species.

Registration and provisional abstracts submission have started and are open until the 28th of February: http://invasive.weeds.montpellier.ewrs.org/default.asp.


Second announcement of the ‘Intractable Weeds and Plant Invaders’ Symposium: 2nd_Announcement_Invasive_Plant_Montpellier_2014.pdf