The themes of the Second National Conference on Biological and Integrated Control, which is held by the Center for Biological Control Research and Studies at the Faculty of Agriculture at Damascus University, focused on the use of modern applications and plant extracts, microbial control of pests and the utilization of advanced biotechnologies in the field of biological control.
The conference included presenting the candidate methods for managing agricultural and urban pests based on biological control and facilitating the exchange of information and experiences on research and applied activities.
The two-day conference, which is held in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, will be attended by researchers and lecturers from the College of Agriculture, the Arab Society for Plant Protection and a number of research bodies.
The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Bassam Ibrahim, indicated in his speech that the participating research and studies constitute a lever for the advancement of the economic development sectors, pointing to the importance of coordination between scientific research bodies, ministries and institutions for universities and research centers to take their participatory role in solving community problems and formulating development policies.
In turn, the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr. Abdul Nabi Bashir, pointed out that the conference's proposals contribute to strengthening biological and integrated control strategies, which have become a basic need to solve the environmental and health effects resulting from the use of chemical control, reduce its effects on agricultural products and reduce the import of chemical pesticides.
On the sidelines of the conference, an exhibition of the experiences and work of researchers in the College of Agriculture and graduate students was opened within the Insect Museum of the college.