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Second Announcement


14th IOBC-MRQA Workshop

Mass Rearing High Quality Invertebrates for Multiple Purposes

Mérida, Mexico
November 14 - 17, 2017



Joint Meeting of the:
IOBC Global Working Group on Mass Rearing & Quality Assurance (MRQA)
Sociedad Mexicana de Control Biológico
Association of Natural Bio-control Producers (ANBP)
International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA), Invertebrate Biocontrol Agents Group

Hosted by:
Sociedad Mexicana de Control Biológico

The workshop will be held at the El Conquistador Hotel in Mérida, Mexico.


The registration fee includes conference materials, an excursion on 16 November, luncheons on 15, 16, and 17 November and a conference dinner on 17 November.

• Early Registration IOBC Members (before 1 Sept, 2017) - 140 USD
• Late Registration IOBC Members (between 1 Sept and 31 Oct, 2017) - 170 USD
• Early Registration non-IOBC Members (before 1 Sept, 2017) - 170 USD
• Late Registration non-IOBC Members (between 1 Sept and 31 Oct, 2017) - 200 USD
• Conference dinner for accompanying persons - 20 USD

For online registration, please visit:
When you complete the online registration you will see a Pay Online button that takes you to PayPal. If you do not have a PayPal account, send an email to MRQA2017@gmail.com
and we will send you an online credit card payment request.

Program / Call For Oral Papers or Posters:
The workshop objective is to explore opportunities for advancing the rearing of high quality entomophagous and phytophagous insects and mites, entomopathogenic nematodes, and other invertebrates for plant and animal pest management, human and animal food, and a variety of other uses. The program will consist of symposia on current “Hot topics,” with invited and submitted oral presentations, and posters on the selected aspects of arthropod rearing as they relate to production and quality control. Only a limited number of speaking slots will be available for submitted talks and selection will be made by the organizing committee based on the topic and novelty of the talk. Presentations will serve as a basis for discussion and exchange, with the final aim of improving collaboration among scientists and practitioners. The program also will include an organized excursion.

Once you have registered, to submit an abstract please visit:
and log in with the email address and password you used to register.

General Topics for the Symposia include:
1. Development and validation of protocols for invertebrate mass rearing and quality assurance, with special attention to novel quality control techniques
2. Mass rearing invertebrates for:
- Management of arthropod pests
- Veterinary and medical field applications
- Production of insects for feed and food
3. Breeding of beneficial arthropods
4. Networking and instruction on insect rearing
5. Legal and ethical issues associated with mass rearing invertebrates

Organized Tour:
A technical visit to Laboratorio Regional de reproducción de Tamarixia radiata del Sureste, Mérida, Yucatán, will be organized.
Guided city tours and tours of archaeological sites can be arranged.

Hotel Accommodations:
Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. The El Conquistador Hotel in Mérida, Mexico will serve as the meeting site and also has rooms set aside for attendees at a rate of about 60 USD per night. Attendees are encouraged to make their hotel reservations at El Conquistador early as there is a limited number of rooms. Please use the following code when reserving a room: CNDCB. Other hotel options nearby include Hyatt Regency, Holiday Inn, Fiesta American, and Presidente Intercontinental.

Organizing Committee:
Julio Bernal (Texas A&M, College Station, Texas; conference host)
Tom Coudron (USDA-ARS Biological Control of Insects Research laboratory, Columbia, Missouri; IOBC-MRQA co-convenor)
Patrick De Clercq (Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium; IOBC-MRQA co-convenor)

Hugo César Arredondo Bernal (Centro Nacional de Referencia de Control Biológico, Tecomán, México)
Rose Buitenhuis (Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Vineland Station, Ontario, Canada)
Maria Luisa Dindo (Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy)
Tom Groot (IBMA, Brussels, Belgium)
Lynn Le Beck (ANBP Executive Director, Clovis, California)
Norm Leppla (University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida; IOBC-MRQA past convenor)
Andrew Parker (IAEA, Seibersdorf, Austria)

Financial Assistance for Young IOBC Members:
IOBC – MRQA has limited funds to award travel assistance to young scientists who are IOBC members and are presenting a paper at the meeting. An application can be made through the online registration webpage.

For queries regarding sponsorship or display space, or for any other queries, please contact MRQA2017@gmail.com


Photo David Bjorgen


For the proceedings of previous workshops see Proceedings








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