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2021 AISC Virtual Conference and AGM

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2021 AISC Virtual Conference and AGM

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March 15-19, 2020

• Session duration are estimated to be between 2.5 and 3 hours.

• Applicator credits for certified pesticide applicators will be offered, stay tuned for details.

Monday March 15, 1 -3:50pm


Aquatic Invasive Species Sessions:

  • Occupancy and Impacts of Invasive Northern Crayfish (Faxonius virilis) on Native Fish Species in North Saskatchewan River Basin by Victoria Van Mierlo, University of Alberta (Student Presentation)
  • Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS): Alberta Update 2020 by Nicole Kimmel, Alberta Environment and Parks
  • Using Environmental DNA to Track Chinese Mystery Snail Invasion in Alberta Lakes by Patrick Hanington, University of Alberta

Tuesday March 16, 1 -3:55pm

Biocontrol Sessions:

  • Update on Weed Biological Control Research at CABI Switzerland by Sonja Stutz, CABI
  • Update on Weed Biocontrol Research in Alberta by Rosemarie De Clerck-Floate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Effective Biological Control of Canada Thistle, Cirsium arvense, Using its Rust Fungal Parasite, Puccinia punctiformis by Chris Saunders, Strategic Weed Management Consulting
  • AISC’s Biocontrol Release Program by Tim Skuse, AISC

Wednesday March 17, 1 -4:05pm

Terrestrial Invasive Species Sessions:

  • Earthworm Invasions in Alberta by Erin Cameron, Saint Mary's University
  • The Cautionary Tale of Scotch Broom in Washington State: Identification, Impacts, and Mobilization to Address Cytisus scoparius by Justin Bush, Washington Invasive Species Council
  • Tracking the Spread of Invasive Wild Pigs in Canada by Ryan Brook, University of Saskatchewan
  • ‘Squeal on Pigs!’ Campaign in Alberta by Megan Evans, AISC

Thursday March 18, 1 -3:45pm

Invasive Plants Sessions:

  • Weed Free Forage Program by Kelly Cooley, CoolPro Solutions and Megan Evans, AISC
  • Nobody Can Achieve Assurance Alone: "We Are All Making a Difference Here" by Krista Zuzak, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
  • Drone Application Technology for Invasive Species Control by Wade McLean and Cory Southam, Strongfield Environmental Solutions Inc.

Friday March 19, 1-4:30 pm

Insects and Disease Sessions:

  • Pollen Foraging Preferences: Apis mellifera and Bombus spp. by Ron Miksha, University of Calgary (Student Presentation)
  • The Asian Giant Hornet; The Apex-predator of the Insect World by Paul Van Westendorp, Government of British Columbia
  • Forest Health and Invasive Species in Alberta by Caroline Whitehouse, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
  • Overview of Alberta's Dutch Elm Disease Prevention and Control Program by Janet Feddes-Calpas, Society for the Prevention of Dutch Elm Disease
  • Dutch Elm Disease, More Than Prevention by David Ellis, City of Lethbridge

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