The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is organising the fourth congress on insect Science (CIS-4) on April 16 and 17, to deliberate on the significance of entemology (study of insects) in sustainable Agriculture.
The national-level conference will be conducted by the varsity in collaboration with the Indian society for the advancement of insect science (INSAIS) and the Indian council of agricultural research (ICAR).
Dr SP Bhardwaj, former vice-chancellor, Manav Bharti University, Solan, will be the chief guest while Dr HC Sharma, principal scientist (Entomology), international crops research institute for the semi-arid-tropics, Hyderabad, will be the guest of honour. PAU vice-chancellor Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon will chair the inaugural session.
Dr Balwinder Singh, president of INSAIS and director of research, PAU, said: "Insects are the most ubiquitous of all creatures and have developed more successful survival mechanisms than the others that share the planet with them."
He added that insects play a wide variety of roles in the agro-ecosystem, the most important being as pollinators of flowering plants and as pests of valuable crops.
"CIS-4 will provide a dynamic forum for exchange of latest science, research and innovations among entomologists of the country. The technical programme of the congress will consist of plenary lectures, lead lectures, contributory papers, poster presentations and discussions with scientists, policy planners and industry managers/researchers," he said.
A total of 370 abstracts have been received from the scientists from across the country for presentation in the congress.
There will be three contributed sessions covering 40 oral presentations. Rest of the papers will be covered under the poster sessions over the two days. In addition, there will be an insect photography exhibition-cum-competition.