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World's largest entomology meeting to be held in Portland in November

Entomological Society of America

Entomology 2014, the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), will be held November 16-19, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. With more than 3,000 insect scientists already registered, the meeting will be one of the largest entomology meetings in recent memory.

"The Northwest, with its natural beauty and location at the edge of the Pacific rim, is an ideal place to reflect on our Entomology 2014 theme: Grand Challenges Beyond Our Horizons," said ESA President Frank Zalom. "This year, ESA will be launching an effort to identify the most important challenges to which our discipline can make significant contributions."

More than 90 symposia are scheduled on topics such as bed bugs, honey bees, monarch butterflies, ticks, native pollinators, pesticide regulations, biological control, integrated pest management, genetically-modified crops, invasive species, forestry, entomophagy, organic farming, insect-vectored diseases, and more. In addition, there will be 1,750 papers and posters.

News media registration is complimentary and is highly encouraged. Journalists will have access to the plenaries, all symposia and presentations, the exhibit hall, social gatherings, student debates and competitions, and more. To request a media pass, please contact Richard Levine at rlevine@entsoc.org.

The full meeting program is online at https://esa.confex.com/esa/2014/webprogram/start.html.

Highlights include:

    - Beyond Pesticides: The Conundrum of Bed Bugs

    - Insects as Sustainable and Innovative Sources of Food and Feed Production

    - Recovering Monarch Butterfly Populations in North America: A Looming Challenge for Science, the Public, Industry, and Legislators

    - Classical Biological Control of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål)

    - Nutrition and the Health and Behavior of Wild and Managed Bees

    - Contributions of Mosquito Research to Science & Society

    - Entomological Comics and Their Importance in Education and Culture

    - RNAi: Emerging Technology to Overcome Grand Challenges in Entomology

    - IPM: An International Organic Farming Strategy on Invasive Insect Species

    - New Frontiers in Honey Bee Health Economics: Incorporating Entomological Research and Knowledge into Economic Assessments

More information about press passes and the ESA media policy are available at http://entsoc.org/entomology2014/press-passes-entomology-2014.

The Entomological Society of America is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has nearly 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, and hobbyists. For more information, visit http://www.entsoc.org.

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