Delivering IPM to Central Asia

May 28, 2009

Making a difference--that's what it's all about.

An integrated pest management (IPM) team from the United States is in Central Asia for the third Integrated Pest Management Stakeholders' Forum,  June 1-5 in Bishhek, Kyrgystan.

Among the team members is UC Davis entomology professor and IPM specialist Frank Zalom. He'll be participating in the stakeholders' forum and a pest diagnostics training workshop.

The event is sponsored by a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Collaborative Research Support Project (CRSP) grant. Zalom, a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America and a noted IPM specialist, is a co-investigator on the grant.

Scientists from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajkistan, as well as Kyrgystan are conferring with Zalom and his IPM colleagues from Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Montana Stae University, and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDIA).

The stakeholders' forum will include talks by key governmental and agricultural officials, and updates on IPM progress and concerns in the four Central Asian countries.

Joy Landis of Michigan State University's IPM Program is chronicling the travels on her blog.

In one blog, she wrote:

When we tell people the IPM project collaborates with colleagues in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, they are often unsure where these countries are. But, if we say they are located by all the other "stan" countries, then we get a flash of recognition.

The suffix "stan" means "land of," so Uzbekistan is the land of the Uzbeks, and Tajikistan is the land of the Tajiks and so forth. These countries have overlapping populations of various ethnic groups with distinct cultures. During the 20th century, they were part of the Soviet Union until it was dissolved in the early 1990's.

Be sure to read Joy Landis' blog for the latest updates.

Making a difference--that's what it's all about.

By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

Attached Images:

FRANK ZALOM, professor of entomology and integrated pest management specialist (IPM), UC Davis Department of Entomology, is part of the IPM team making a difference in Central Asia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Frank Zalom

THIS MAP of Central Asia appears in a blog written by Joy Landis of Michigan State University's IPM Program. She's chronicling the IPM team's travels at

Central Asia