As Climate Shifts, So Do Pests: A National Forum and Assessment

With funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the National Forum on Climate and Pests (NFCP) was convened at the National Academies in Washington DC on October 4–6, 2016. The NFCP brought together 26 scientists from the climate and pest science disciplines in front of a live Internet audience to provide the latest information on how climate change affects many aspects of pest biology and to discuss ways to create more resilient and productive agriculture and forestry ecosystems.

A summary of the discussions has been published in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America. You can also watch the presentations on the NFCP website. Each presentation is summarized in a paragraph. This paper is useful for those interested in the meeting and topic or for those looking for collaborators working in areas from climate modeling to pest physiology. It was quite a diverse set of disciplines.

Albert Einstein and attendees of the National Forum on Climate and Pests.

Of course I talked about scale insects, synthesizing work by Adam Dale, Emily Meineke, and Elsa Youngsteadt. Steve Young, Northeastern IPM Center director, put a ton of work into organizing the meeting and preparing this paper.

It is an open access article published in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America:

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About the Author:

Steve Frank
I am broadly interested in the ecology and management of arthropod pests. Herbivorous arthropods cause extraordinary damage to plants in agricultural, urban, and natural ecosystems. Understanding interactions between pests and their environment, plant hosts, and natural enemies can improve management practices and reduce pesticide applications.