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Tuesday, May 7 • 13:00 - 16:30
Tackling invasive threats in a changing climate: preparedness, resilience and response - from omics to local and regional management.

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Invasive pests and diseases increasingly threaten global agricultural production. Invasive risks include both alien, as well as resident species whose penetration of cropping systems is facilitated through a number of anthropogenic and climaticological factors. The process appears accelerated in recent years. While the species that pose threats may differ across continents, causes show many commonalities and impacts are felt widely from primary production to global trade. Increased preparedness, resilience and rapid response are of paramount importance and require (bio)technological innovations that target the threat as well as a profound understanding the processes required to facilitate adequate responses at local, regional and global levels.

In this seminar we will highlight ongoing Swedish and South African research in the area and explore possible crosslinks in the light of research funding and exchange.

Keywords: Invasive pests, climate change, crop protection, adoption, participation and local knowledge
Venue: University of Western Cape, ARC Nietvoorbij, room Pinotage
Contact details: Prof Bongani Ndimba, bndimba@uwc.ac.za

Tuesday May 7, 2019 13:00 - 16:30 SAST
Cape Town