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The First Maghreb Symposium on Integrated Plant Protection (SYMPIP-2017)
30 October-1 November, 2017, Sousse, Tunisia
The first Maghreb Symposium on Integrated Plant Protection (SYMPIP-2017) was organized at the Hotel Marhaba Palace in Sousse, Tunisia, from October 30 to November 1, 2017. The symposium was co-organized by the Regional Research Center on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture (CRRHAB), the Technical Center of Organic Agriculture (CTAB) and the Tunisian Association for Sustainable Agriculture (ATAD).
This symposium followed the first National Symposium on Integrated Plant Protection, which was held from April 20 to 21, 2015, and was a great success. The symposium aimed to provide an opportunity for researchers, students, technical staff and professionals from the Maghreb countries to meet and exchange information, research results and experience dealing with integrated plant protection.
The program of the symposium began with an opening ceremony chaired by Prof. Messaoud Mars, the Director General of CRRHAB. A total of 9 sessions of oral presentations and posters preceded by 4 plenary lectures of eminent scientists were presented. The topics covered in SYMPIP-2017 are in relation with Emerging pests and invasive species, Plant biological protection, Alternative methods for pest management, Biotechnologies and plant protection, Plant-pest interactions, Pesticides and the environment.
About 200 participants from several countries (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Germany, and Moldavia) have attended this symposium. In total, 48 oral communications and 67 posters were presented during the symposium. Most aspects related to integrated plant protection were discussed including different disciplines such as entomology, mycology, bacteriology, virology, weed science, allelopathy, biological control, phytopharmacy,... Two poster sessions were planned during which a jury was formed to choose the best posters presented by young researchers.
The various presentations, discussions and contacts were beneficial for all participants who expressed their satisfaction with the scientific content and the quality of the organization and showed an interest and need to renew this kind of events in Maghreb regions and why not in other Mediterranean regions.
Dr. Ikbal Chaieb