King Saud University's Date Palm Research Chair (formerly Red Palm Weevil Research Chair), has thanked Saudi Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Al-Angari for approving the organization of an international symposium, titled Invasion of Palm Ecosystems by Red Palm Weevil and its Management. This symposium will be part of Entomology 2011, the 59th annual meeting of Entomological Society of American (ESA), being held on November 13-16 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, located in Reno, Nevada.
The ESA meeting is expected to host more than 6000 people, including entomologists, policy makers and representatives of private industry. Having the honor of being part of such an influential program illustrates how highly members of the Entomology 2011 committee organizers regard the KSU Date Palm Chair. The distinction also provides King Saud University with valuable global recognition and the Date Palm Research Chair an opportunity to display its world-class expertise. The symposium will feature a collection of international palm weevil experts, who will deliberate on the subject of red palm weevil management.
The opening lecture of the symposium will be given by Dr. Saleh A. Aldosari, Supervisor of the research Chair and it is titled "The role of agricultural operations in the management of red palm weevil in Saudi Arabia”, and conclude the symposium with a lecture of Dr. PSVP Vidyasagar, Chair Professor, entitled "Invasion of red palm weevil from South Asia to Middle East, Europe and beyond and its impact on palm cultivation”. Other well known and distinguished scientists presenting their research findings on red palm weevil subject are from King Saud University and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as from the United States of America, India and Italy. For complete schedule of symposium please click here