CONGRESS INFORMATION

This International Conference is part of the public-funded project ACTION ON URGENT MEASURES AND STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT FOR THE MANAGEMENT, CONTROL AND ERADICATION OF UNDERGROUND TERMITES ON THE ISLAND OF TENERIFE.

Within the subterranean termites, the family Rhinotermitidae is of concern due to the invasive nature of some of its taxa, such as Reticulitermes sp. (Evans et al., 2013).

Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar, 1837) (Blattaria: Rhinotermitidae), known as the eastern or eastern subterranean termite, is a significant urban pest both in its native range and in others where it is introduced (Baudouin et al., 2018).

It is a social insect with a high degree of reproductive plasticity and with distinct population and colonial structures from other social insects (Bulmer et al., 2001). This diversity in breeding systems can facilitate colonisation and invasion of new environments (Dronnet et al., 2005).

This project establishes the strategy for the management, control and possible eradication of Reticulitermes flavipes in the Canary Islands, based on the knowledge acquired to date at the global level, with particular emphasis on conditions specific to the archipelago.

On Tenerife it has found optimal agro-climatic conditions, as well as a series of ecological factors, which are facilitating its expansion. Added to the lack of predators of this species on the island, this situation generates behaviour that is sometimes anomalous compared to other territories.

The action team of our project is working on the control phase, achieving encouraging results on the island. However, in its determination to achieve the greatest success possible in the control and eradication of this termite listed in the Spanish Catalogue of Invasive Alien Species, there is a need to contrast opinions and continue advancing in this ambitious project.

For this reason, we have organised this Congress, with the participation of experts in the management and control of invasive subterranean termites in large areas. The aim is to share our experience in carrying out measures that have been both successful and unsuccessful in controlling termite populations.

At the end of the Congress, there will be a round table where the opinions of the experts in our project and the invited speakers will be further presented.

This event is therefore a step forward in the fight to maintain the natural balance of the unique ecosystems of Tenerife, within the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. It is the first time that an International Congress on invasive subterranean termites has been held in the Canary Islands.

LOCATION OF THE CONGRESS

Teide National Park Visitor Centre Telesforo Bravo

c/Dr.Sixto Perera González nº25. Villa de La Orotava, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Information for speakers

The speakers will have the option to visit the Teide National Park, on 26 November 2022

SCHEDULE

TIME THURSDAY 24/11/2022
09:00 - 09:30 Registration
 09:30 - 10:00 Opening ceremony
 10:00 - 11:05 Opening presentation by Dr. Nan-Yao Su. University of Florida, USA “Roles of baits in termite IPM and area-wide projects”.
 11:05 - 11:25 Coffee break / Poster session
 11:30 - 12:35 Dr. Thomas Chouvenc. University of Florida. “The importance of termite biology in the impact of pest management practices”.
 12:40 - 13:20 Juan Francisco Pestano Gabino. Spain. “Management, control and eradication of a subterranean termite species (Reticulitermes flavipes) on the island of Tenerife”.
 13:25 - 14:05 Dr. David Hernández Teixidor. Spain. “Applied research to improve the management of the invasive termite Reticulitermes flavipes in Tenerife”.
 14:05 - 15:25
Break / Lunch
 15:30 - 16:10 David Mora, Spain. “Management of Coptotermes, Heterotermes and Nasutitermes in a large area of Jamaica”.
 16:10
Field visit to one of the sites affected by the invasive eastern subterranean termite (attendees arrange own transport).
TIME FRIDAY 25/11/2022
  09:00 - 09:20 Opening and welcome
 09:20 - 10:00 Dr. Timothy Myles, Building Services, City of Guelph, Ontario, Canada “Area-wide management oftermites in Ontario using an integrated pest management approach”.
 10:05 - 10:35 Dr. Gabi Muller, City of Zurich, Urban Pest Advisory Service. “The Approach and the Challenges met with Monitoring and Control of the First Infestation of the Subterranean Termite Species Reticulitermes grassei (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in the North-Eastern Part of Switzerland”.
 10:40 - 11:20 Dr. Robert H. J. Verkerk, Termite Eradication Programme (1998-2021 United Kingdom. “Eradication of Reticulitermes sp. in the UK”.
 11:20 - 11:50 Coffee break / Poster session
 11:55 - 12:35 Dr. María José Notario, Spain. Centre for Environmental Health Studies “First steps in the management of infestations of subterranean termites of the genus Reticulitermes in urban areas in Spain. The Palenciana Project (Cordoba)”.
 12:40 - 13:20 Dr. Lina Nunes, Portugal.“The importance of prevention when building with bio-based materials in subterranean termite areas”.
13:25 - 14:05 Dr. Paulo Borges, Portugal.“The long-term management of subterranean termites in the Azores”.
 14:05 - 15:35
Break / Lunch
 15:40 - 16:20 Dr. Renato Ripa, Chile. “Biology and management of the subterranean termite Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in Chile”.
 16:25 - 18:00
Round table

SPEAKERS AND TALKS

You can view the PDF with the speakers and presentations by scanning the QR code, or by clicking on the PDF icon.

POSTER

If you would like to present a poster for the Congress please contact us.

ORGANISERS

ORGANISING COMMITTEES

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

- Juan Francisco Pestano Gabino, Project Manager, Tragsatec. 
- Guacimara González Delgado, Technician, Biodiversity Unit. Tenerife Island Council. 
- Pilar Martín Peinado, Head of Environmental Management Technical Service. 
- David Hernández Teixidor, IPNA-CSIC Researcher.

HONORARY COMMITTEE

- His Excellency Mr. Pedro Manuel Martín Domínguez, President of the ​Tenerife Island Council . 
- Her Excellency Ms. Isabel García Hernández. Island Councillor of the Natural Environment Management and Safety Area of the ​Tenerife Island Council. 
- His Excellency Mr. José Antonio Valbuena Alonso, ​Councillor for Ecological Transition, the Struggle against Climate Change and Territorial Planning of the Government of the Canary Islands.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

- David Hernández Teixidor, IPNA-CSIC Researcher. 
- Pedro Oromí Masoliver, Retired Professor of zoology at the University of La Laguna. 
- Carlos Ruiz Carreira, ​Assistant Professor and Dr. at the University of La Laguna.
- Nuria Macías Hernández, Professor of Zoology at the University of La Laguna.

REGISTRATION

You can apply to attend On-Line upon registration. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration. 

CONTACT PHONE NUMBER

 +34 610 592 064
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