Molecular approaches are currently among the most popular topics in biological sciences and provide many opportunities in the solution of various problems. We have witnessed common use of these approaches in the field of plant protection in the last decades. Many research projects related to entomology, plant pathology and weed sciences have been conducted using genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, functional genomics, DNA-based diagnosis techniques, gene expression analyses and recombination studies. Significant progress has been achieved in the solution of pest, disease and weed problems in plant protection using molecular strategies. Consequently, molecular tools have gained significant attention in plant protection in Turkey as well as the world. There is an emerging need to have a platform for scientists working on molecular sciences related to entomology, plant pathology and weed science, to exchange ideas and provide support for one another. We are hoping we can contribute to the establishment of this platform by organizing the “1st International Molecular Plant Protection Congress”. The congress will be held at Çukurova University, Mithat Özsan Hall in Adana between April 10-13, 2019, under the coordination of Çukurova University, Ankara University and Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
The theme of the congress is “molecular approaches for better plant protection”. The purpose of the congress is to provide a platform where researchers can share their latest findings with each other and exchange the ideas. The official language of the congress will be English and the abstracts will be provided in the congress book. Full length article option will be available for authors. These articles will be peer-reviewed and be published electronically as proceedings under the web site of the congress. Specifically, select papers on insect molecular biology, physiology and biochemistry from keynote speakers and all presenters (oral or poster) will be considered for publication in the special issue of “Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology”.
We are hoping to see you at the “The First International Molecular Plant Protection Congress” in Adana between April 10-13, 2019.
On Behalf of the Executive and Congress Organization Committees
Umut Toprak, Ph.D, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey
M. Bora Kaydan, Ph.D, Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey
Sait Ertürk, Ph.D, Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ankara, Turkey