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					Ninth Arab Congress of
    Plant Protection


              Organized by
     Arab Society for Plant Protection

          in Collaboration with
    General Commission for Scientific
         Agricultural Research




          19-23 November, 2006

    Congress Palace, Damascus, Syria


       E-mail: announce2@9acpp-sy.org
         Web site: www.9acpp-sy.org



Second Announcement and Call for Abstracts
                           INVITATION
Dear colleague,

It gives us pleasure to send you the second announcement of the
Ninth Arab Congress of Plant Protection Science to be held in
Damascus, Syria, 19-23 November 2006. The Congress is organized
by the Arab Society for Plant Protection in collaboration with the
General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research. This
announcement provides an outline of the congress program and full
information on registration, submission of abstracts and other
important issues.

Over 400 scientists from 15 Arab countries have already responded
to the first announcement of the Ninth Arab Congress of Plant
Protection. This early and large response reflects the wide interest of
scientists for sharing their research results with others and the desire
to present and discuss recent developments in the different
disciplines of plant protection. We also consider this wide interest as
an encouraging signal to the Congress Committees who are trying
their best to make the Ninth Arab Congress of Plant Protection,
similar to previous congresses, a big success.

Damascus is the oldest known city in Syria and the Arab world. It
includes some historical places such as Damascus Castle, Omayyad
Mosque, Al Azem Palace and Alhamidya Market. More over, Syria
is rich with several old cities such as Afamya, Palmyra and Ugarite.
Visitors will enjoy visiting interesting sites; an open-air art gallery
with many artistic treasures and scenic views. Vacationers might like
to extend their stay for few days to grasp such an opportunity.

Looking forward to see you in Damascus.

Sincerely yours
                                               Organizing Committee



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CONGRESS SECRETARIAT
All correspondence should be sent to:
    Ninth Arab Congress of Plant Protection
    P.O. Box 113
    Douma, Damascus, Syria
    Tele/Fax: 00963-11-57386282
    E-mail: announce2@9acpp-sy.org
      For Emergency, please write to: jamalagr@mail.sy

DATE AND LOCATION
The Congress will be held from 19 to 23 November 2006 at Congress
Palace (Ebla Cham hotel) near to Damascus International Airport which is
25 km far from Damascus City.

CONGRESS PROGRAM
The programmer of the Congress includes various sessions. Each session
will include a number of contributed papers and posters. The congress will
organize also symposia on some topics important for the plant protection
development in the Arab world.

A) Paper   Presentation Sessions
 1. Economic insect and animal pests,
 2. Fungal, bacterial and viral plant diseases,
 3. Nematodes,
 4. Weeds and parasitic flowering plants,
 5. Pesticides,
 6. Spiders and mites,
 7. Rodents,
 8. Use of biotechniques for pest control,
 9. Integrated pest management,
10. Geographical distribution of diseases and insects of quarantine
    significance in the Arab countries,
11. Safe use of agrochemicals in the Arab countries.

B) Symposia
Symposium one: Policy and Developmental Issues in Plant Protection
1. The impact of the Montreal protocol and European Union controls on
   methyl bromide use in developing countries. By Dr. Thomas A.



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   Batchelor, Environment Directorate - Climate Change Ozone Layer
   Protection, European Commission, Belgium.
2. The collaborative research support program (CRSP) as a model for
   technology development and transfer in the Arab countries, with special
   emphasis on plant protection. By Dr. E. A. Heinrichs, IPM CRSP, USA.
3. Development and risk assessment of transgenic crops resistant to pests.
   By Drs. M. Madkour and M. Baum, ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria.

Symposium two: Pest Management without Synthetic Chemical
                      Pesticides
1. IPM and Organic Farming. By Dr. Mohamed Saeed El-Zemeity, Ain
   Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.
2. Root grafting, an effective approach to control soil borne pathogens in
   vegetable crops. By Dr. Mohamed Besri, IAV Hassan II, Rabat,
   Morocco.
3. The use of non-chemical alternatives to synthetic pesticides in
   maintaining plant health in a clonally propagated crop: potato. By Dr.
   Edward B. Radcliffe, University of Minnesota, USA.
4. Microbial control of insect pests: is it an effective and environmentally
   safe alternative. By Dr. Monir El-Hussini, Cairo University, Egypt.
5. Lure and Kill strategy: A promising safe approach to pest management
   that alleviates synthetic pesticides use. By Dr. Aly Rasmi, National
   Research Center, Cairo, Egypt.

Symposium three:     Invasive Pest Species: Identification and Potential
                     Control
1. Emerging invasive species in crop production systems: how do these
   come about?. By Dr. Francisco Morales, CIAT, Cali, Colombia.
2. Prevention systems for invasive species in agriculture. By Dr. Jeffrey
   Jones, FAO, Rome, Italy.
3. Can invasive species be controlled effectively?. By Dr. Peter Kenmore,
   FAO, Rome, Italy.

Symposium four: Molecular Diagnostics of Plant Pest Species
1. Molecular diagnosis of fungal pathogens. By Dr. E. Paplomatas,
   Agriculture University of Athens, Greece.
2. Molecular Diagnosis of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria. By Dr. J. E.
   Elphinstone, Central Science Laboratory, UK.
3. Molecular Diagnosis of Plant Parasitic Nematodes. By Dr. P.
   Castagnone Sereno, INRA, France.


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4. Molecular Diagnosis of Phytoplasmas. By Dr. Cristina Marzachi,
   Istituto di Virologia Vegetale, Torino, Italy.
5. Molecular Diagnosis of Plant Viruses. By Dr. Khaled Makkouk,
   ICARDA, Cairo, Egypt.

C) Near East Weed Science Symposium
The steering committee of the Near East Weed Science Society (NEWSS)
decided that the 9th ACPP is an excellent opportunity for NEWSS members
to gather in this Near East Weed Science Symposium, hoping that all weed
scientists from all countries in the Near East can participate. The first
NEWSS workshop was held in Egypt 5-8 February 2000, with the
participation of over fifty weed scientists from the region. Tentative themes
of the symposium could be:
     - Weed Management in Rainfed Areas,
     - Weed Management in Horticultural Crops (Vegetables and Fruit
         Trees),
     - Weed Management in Lawns and Ornamentals,
     - Parasitic Weeds,
     - Aquatic Weed Management,
     - Others ….
The sessions of the weed science symposium will be merged within the 9th
ACPP congress weed science sessions. A business meeting for NEWSS
will be held during one of the evenings of the congress (November 21,
2006). Dr. Barakat Abu Irmaileh from Amman University, Jordan, will
chair the general assembly. A general report, budget, and other businesses
will be discussed. This is followed by general elections for the NEWSS.
For more information, please contact Dr. B. Abu Irmaileh, Department of
Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Amman University, Jordan, e-
mail: barakat@ju.edu.jo

FOREIGN EXCHANGE
Foreign exchange facilities are available daily at the airport and at banks.
The official currency is the Syrian Pounds (S.P) and the current exchange
rate for one Dollar is about 52.0 S.P.

ENTRY VISA
There is no need for entry visa for citizens of Arab countries. For others, it's
advisable to contact the Syrian Embassy or Consulate nearest to your city in
order to obtain an entry visa to Syria before your departure. To avoid any


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inconveniences, it is important that you check the Syrian visa requirements
several months before the Congress date. In case you have difficulty in
obtaining an entry visa please inform the Congress Secretariat as soon as
possible

ARRIVAL TO DAMASCUS
If you arrive to Damascus International Airport, you will be met by
committee’s members who will guide you to the hotel where you have a
confirmed reservation (Damascus city center is about 25 Km away from the
airport). If you are arriving by car, you are advised to proceed directly to
the hotels in Damascus in which you already have a reservation.

REGISTRATION FEES
The Congress registration fees are:
Members of the Arab Society of Plant Protection                    70 US$
Non-members of the Arab Society of Plant Protection                80 US$
Accompanying persons                                               40 US$
Graduate students                                                  25 US$
Graduate students should submit a statement form their             adviser or
university to confirm their student status.
The registration fee for participants covers congress publications (program
and book of abstracts), coffee breaks, official invitations and a one day field
trip.

PROGRAM FOR ACCOMPANYING PERSONS
A special guest program is organized during the Congress for the persons
accompanying the participants. It includes half and one day visits to
touristic sites (e.g. Palmyra and Homs); more information will be explained
later.

CONGRESS LANGUAGE
Paper and poster presentation sessions during the Congress will be in
Arabic for Arabic speaking participants, while exceptions are made for
non-Arabic speakers. It is however recommended that, tables, titles,
numbers, presentation outline and conclusions, shown as visual aids, be
presented also in English to allow for a wider participation in the
discussions from non-Arab participants. Symposia presentations, on the
other hand, will be in English, since a number of invited speakers are from
non-Arab countries.


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CONTRIBUTED PAPERS
Abstract of oral presentations or posters should be mailed to the organizing
committee not later than May 31, 2006. Please refer to the abstract form
and abstract sample in this announcement and follow strictly the
instructions provided inside the abstract sample box. For each presentation,
both Arabic and an English abstracts should be submitted. The abstracts
book which will be distributed to congress participants will contain both
Arabic and English abstracts for all submitted papers.

GRADUATE STUDENTS AWARDS
Awards will be presented to the best five research papers presented by
graduate students. Those interested to participate in the competition are
asked submit an application for the award by June 30, 2006. The eligibility
for the awards includes:
- Applicants should be registered graduate students (diploma, M.sc. Or
     Ph.D.).
- The paper presented by the candidate should not be already published
     somewhere else.
- The student’s adviser should certify that the research submitted is part
     of the student thesis, and before earning the Ph.D. degree.
- An abstract for the work should be submitted in a format similar to all
     other abstracts submitted to the congress.
- Applications will be forwarded to the Awards Committee of the Arab
     Society for Plant Protection for processing (Deadline for application to
     the award is June 2006).

WEATHER CONDITIONS
October weather in Damascus is moderate. The temperature ranges between
15-27°C with a chance of rain during this period.

THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT
The third congress announcement will be mailed to those who would have
completed and returned the registration form by May 31, 2006. The third
announcement will include more detailed information on the scientific
program, hotel accommodations, field trip, program for accompanying
persons and related issues. It is expected that the third announcement will
be mailed to participants during August, 2006.




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                Ninth Arab Congress of Plant Protection
                         Registration and Hotel Reservation Form

                         Deadline for receiving this form is May 31, 2006

First Name: ……..………                       Middle Name: ............... Family Name: ..................
Mailing address: ……….……………………………………………………………
                       ………………….……………………………………………………
Tel : ............................................. Fax:        …………………….................................
E-Mail:         ……………………………………………………………......................

Accompanying person: Family Name: ..................                                   First Name: ........................

Room reservation:                O Single                     O Double                 O Triple                O Quarto

O     I wish to share my room with                         (1) ..................................................................
                                                           (2) ..................................................................
                                                           (3) ..................................................................
O     I do not need a hotel reservation

Are you interested to attend business meeting for NEWSS:                                         O Yes             O No

Arrival date: ...................... Flight number: …………. Arrival time: ………...…...
Departure date: ........................................ Number of nights: …………..................
Hotel Selection:
Hotel                                             Single
                                             Preference*      Double  Breakfast
Ebla Cham Palace (5 stars)                        89 US$
                                                 -----        106 US$ 400 SL
Cham Palaces Hotel (5 stars)                      106 US$ 122 US$ 500 SL
                                                 -----
Damascus Plaza Hotel (4 stars)                    56 US$
                                                 -----        67 US$  5.5 US$
Damascus Int. Hotel (4 stars)                    -----
                                                  2500 SL 2900 SL     breakfast included
Youth Tourism Organization                        Double (600 SL)
                                                 -----                75 SL
(governmental)                                    Triple (800 SL)
                                                 -----
                                                  Quarto (1000 SL)
Tax included for all prices. SL= Syrian Pounds, US$= US Dollars.
* Kindly arrange your preference 1, 2, and 3 in the provided columns.
** Ebla Cham Palace at Congress Palace near to Damascus International Airport which is
   25 km far from Damascus City. Transportation is available.




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              Ninth Arab Congress of Plant Protection
                                             Abstract Sample

                              To be submitted before May 31, 2006

First Name: ……..………                       Middle Name: ............... Family Name: ..................
Mailing address: ……….……………………………………………………………
                       ………………….……………………………………………………
Tel : ............................................. Fax:   …………………….................................
E-Mail:         ……………………………………………………………......................


BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF SUNN PEST WITH ENTOMO-
PATHOGENIC FUNGI. Margaret Skinner1, Bruce L. Parker1, Svetlana Gouli1
and Mustapha El-Bouhssini2. (1) Entomology Research Laboratory, University of
Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA 05405-3400; (2) ICARDA, P.O. Box 5466,
Aleppo, Syria, Fax: 00963-21-2213490, e-mail: M.Bohssini@cgiar.org

         The Sunn pest (Eurygaster integriceps puton) is a major insect pest of
wheat and barley in West Asia. Feeding by this pest significantly reduces crop yield
and quality. Several strains of entomopathogenic fungi were isolated from insects
in their overwintering sites in Turkey and Syria, and were found to be highly
pathogenic to sunn pest in laboratory bioassays. The next step in the development
of these biological agents is to determine at what stage in the pest’s life cycle fungi
could best be used. Two possibilities are 1) as they migrate to the fields in the early
spring or 2) in their over-wintering sites among the foothills surrounding the fields.
Six of the most promising isolates were tested in on-plant and in-litter bioassays.
Several of the tested isolates provided 80-100% mortality within 10 days. Results
of these assays will be reported and comparisons made between the two assay
methods.

IMPORTANT NOTES (read carefully):
1) Deadline for submission: May 31, 2006.
2) Underline name of person making presentation.
3) Provide complete name and contact address (with Tel, Fax, and E-mail if available)
4) Make sure that the body of the abstract is written as one paragraph.
5) Use this form or white paper, making sure that the size of the box is maintained.
6) Use clean elite typewriter, laser or letter quality printer).
7) Complete the Arabic abstract should submit it together with this form.
8) Return to Congress Secretariat with a diskette or by e-mail. Refer to address in this
   announcement.



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             Ninth Arab Congress of Plant Protection
                                               Abstract Form

                              To be submitted before May 31, 2006

First Name: ……..………                       Middle Name: ............... Family Name: ..................
Mailing address: ……….……………………………………………………………
                       ………………….……………………………………………………
Tel : ............................................. Fax:   …………………….................................
E-Mail:         ……………………………………………………………......................




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