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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Outsmarting insect pests: What the latest research is telling us about how insects communicate, and how we can get the message across to them - naturally

with
Jeremy McNeil
Laval University

The negative impact of insect pests on the production of food and fibre, as well as on human health, is enormous. At present chemical insecticides are the most commonly used means of control. However, insecticide resistance, together with the undesirable ecological effects of insecticides on a wide array of non-target organisms, requires that alternative control strategies be found.

Dr. Jeremy McNeil will tell us how insects use naturally occurring chemicals as information cues when selecting a mate or plants to eat, and how research on these infochemicals will provide ecologically and economically acceptable alternatives for insect pest control.

Jeremy McNeil is a Full Professor in the Biology Department at Laval University. He has an international reputation for his interdisciplinary research in chemical ecology, especially with respect to insect movement in response to habitat quality. Jeremy has received awards both for his research and for his activities related to the public awareness of science. Dr. McNeil regularly served on committees for granting agencies such as NSERC and FCAR, and is currently a member of a Canada Foundation for Innovation committee.

DATE: Thursday, March 11, 1999 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am