A unique opportunity to share scientific, technical and regulatory information with the objective to promote knowledge exchange among scientists, companies, farmers, advisors, policy makers and stakeholders, to identify approaches, tools and techniques to meet the future needs of European crop protection. 


FiereCongressi Spa - Parco Lido, Riva del Garda - Italy

David Maxwell Suckling

Professor & Science Group Leader (Biosecurity) - University of Auckland & The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd, New Zealand

David Maxwell Suckling

David Maxwell Suckling

Curriculum Vitae and research interest in short

I study the biology and behavior of a wide range of pest and beneficial organisms, with a strong Chemical Ecology and Biosecurity focus.  By listening to the conversations of nature, we can sometimes gain control of insects in novel ways with minimal non-target impacts. We can also gain new knowledge of the world around us. My interests include chemical ecology in diverse ecosystems, invasive species including social insects like wasps and ants, pheromone identification and development for pest suppression, and pollination and honeybee learning, chemically-mediated mechanisms underpinning biological control, and combinations of tactics with the sterile insect technique.

Presentation title

Sustainable production faces the challenge of invasive species

ABSTRACT - Invasive species are a construct of our time, being the re-adjustment of a man-made biogeographical discontinuity, from plants moved around the world without some or most of their parasites, to a future with many more widely distributed herbivores. In fact, the all trophic levels above and below our valued plants are experiencing rapid change and stemming the tide of ecological change is proving very challenging to many countries. Arrival of new key pests can redefine whole IPM programs and consign years of research investment to history when new pests require reintroduction of broad-spectrum insecticides for control. Initial high crop losses from new alien invasive species, summed with historical pest damage from existing pests increasingly threatens the viability of food production. Adaptive responses to this changing landscape of increasing pest complexity in production ecosystems need to consider ecosystem services such as pollination and biological control, as well as biotechnical and cultural controls where needed, to reduce reliance on pesticides. More sustainable systems would be expected to have more sources of mortality for key pests, acting in concert. They would also be expected to mitigate biosecurity risks, which varies in complexity between jurisdictions, and is strongly influenced by neighbouring jurisdictions.