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XV congress of the Russian entomological society


N. Ljamtsev director of the VNIILM forest protection priority technology center participated in XV Russian entomological congress held in Novosibirsk on July 31- August 7, 2017.

It is one of the oldest Russian scientific societies it is over 150 years old. Over 400 persons representing Russia from Kaliningrad to Magadan as well as specialists from other countries took part in the congress. The congress proceedings will be published.

For the 1st time the congress was held in Siberia in the Academy campus that is one of the key Russian research and educational centers. Dosens research institutes are located in its territory. Plenary and seminar sessions, poster report discussions were held in the new educational building of the Novosibirsk State university.

The congress addressed theoretical and applied aspects, “hot spots” and prospects of current entomology. Totally 12 sessions were organized including “Medical and veterinary entomology”, “Agricultural entomology”, “Forest entomology”.

Plenary reports covered key areas of entomological science, evolutionary biology, bio-chemistry, immunology, taxonomy, biodiversity studies, insect ethologistics, plant protection and others. Fundamental study findings in agricultural entomology and agro-ecosystem phitosanitary optimization  were of special interest for specialists in forest protection against hazardous organisms.

Selikhovkin in his “Insects dendrophages in North-West Russia as a forest market instrument” report addressed urgent issues of current legislation and forest protection reality inconsistencies. U.Baranchikov and co-authors  report was focused on pheromone resistance and male moth response to various pheromone concentrations and sparse and dense populations of  2 Siberian lepidopterous species.

The following issues were discussed in “Forest entomology” session: Ussury poligraphus role in West Siberian fir forest ecosystems, a need in joint evaluation of phytosanitary risks of invasive entomo-mycology association, new procedures in biological control of forest insect phylophages, population density role spread of gypsy moth virus infection as well as comparison of polihedrosis agent baculovirus geographical isolates tolerance to solar radiation, feasible modifying factors affecting gypsy moth population dynamics, variation of efficient temperature sums required for gypsy moth evolution depending on population origin latitude, invasive midget moths including linden midget moth, species diversity and ecology specifics of defoliators in the Komi Republic, trophic groups of beetle sawyers in the Amurskaya region.

The discussion pointed out that growing antropogenic impacts on forests and climate change result in extension of commercial forest insect harm zones, forest decline in big territory.

Large scale outbreaks of bark beetle is one of new sanitary hazards in Russian forests. 2 reports focused on its monitoring and sanitary cut efficiency. In particular VNIILM representative N.Ljamtsev presented bark beetle pheromone monitoring results in the Moscow region in 2016.

Due to big and systematic work of XV congress organizers its goals were addressed and the program completed. Value of such events cannot be overestimated. It enables efficient experience sharing, expertise extension and due to integrated developments and cross-disciplinary studies enable new procedures and tools for innovative technologies development including forest protection against hazardous organisms.