WESTMINSTER, Colorado – January 30, 2019 – Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) released further details on its 59th annual meeting, which is scheduled for February 11-14 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Scientists, students and educators from around the globe are expected to attend.
The opening session will feature an update on the International Weed Science Congress delivered by Chanya Maneechote from the Weed Science Society of Thailand. Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, will deliver the keynote address.
WSSA will offer six symposia this year. Topics include:
- Herbicide banning: An international forum
- Weed seeds, phytosanitary restrictions and trade implications
- Understanding current status and implications of herbicide-resistant weeds in turfgrass, ornamental and nursery crops
- An integrated weed management approach to addressing herbicide resistance in field crops
- Long-term effects of urbanization on agricultural regulation
- Weather and the environment: Understanding the basics to better address off-target pesticide movement
Other activities include a teaching workshop for those interested in weed science education and extension activities, a networking event for women in weed science, and a contest for the best poster or oral presentation by Master’s or Ph.D. students.
Upcoming Regional Meetings
Two regional weed science societies are also hosting annual meetings during the first quarter of 2019.
The Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS) will meet February 3-6 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. More than 100 talks and 120 paper presentations are planned on a wide range of topics – from herbicide resistance and the soil and environmental aspects of weed science to weed control in forests, agronomic crops, horticulture and turf. In addition, the event will feature a special symposium on new technologies in weed science.
The Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS) will meet March 11-14 in Denver, Colorado. Two symposia will be offered. A session on integrated pest management research in the West will focus on weed science research and extension efforts funded by the Western Integrated Pest Management Center. A second session will focus on rights-of-way and how to move beyond integrated vegetation management to integrated habitats.
About the Weed Science Society of America
The Weed Science Society of America, a nonprofit scientific society, was founded in 1956 to encourage and promote the development of knowledge concerning weeds and their impact on the environment. The Society promotes research, education and extension outreach activities related to weeds, provides science-based information to the public and policy makers, fosters awareness of weeds and their impact on managed and natural ecosystems, and promotes cooperation among weed science organizations across the nation and around the world. For more information, visit www.wssa.net.
Lee Van Wychen
Executive Director of Science Policy
National & Regional Weed Science Societies