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BCARC Hosted a Visiting Professor from Swansea University
The Promising Research Center in Biological Control and Agricultural Information (BCARC) at Qassim University hosted Professor Tariq Mahmud Butt, a Professor at the Department of Biosciences, College of Science, Biocontrol and Natural Products (BANP) group leader at Swansea University, United Kingdom. Professor Butt visited BCARC during the period from March 30 to April 3, 2014 to participate in a full week events including series of meetings with researchers at BCARC and faculty members at the Plant Production and Protection Department discussing research progress and potential products under testing for biological control of arthropod pests and plant diseases. Professor Butt also gave three presentations titled "Why we need to develop benign alternatives to chemical pesticides?; Insect pathogenic fungi (EPF); Enhancing the efficacy of EPF". He also visited an organic farm and date palm farm where he had ideas on pests found in each farm and gave some insightful advices on some of the control tactics for pest problems found in those farms. Professor Butt and BCARC are trying to work closely together to develop products and strategies for efficacious use of entomopathogenic fungi in pest management programmes for the potential biocontrol organisms tested by BCARC's researchers. Furthermore, Professor Butt discussed all matters related to risk assessment and registration of fungal biocontrol agents. Professor Butt and BCARC had agreed to collaborate in development of BCARC's biocontrol products, join BCARC's researchers in projects of mutual interests, exchange visits, and have joint workshop in Qassim University. Professor Tariq Butt's visit was outstanding and full of accomplishments.
A group Photo during Professor Butt' visit. From left: Prof. Ahmed Al-Rokaibah, Prof. Mohammad El-Meleigi, Prof. Nagdy Abdel-Baky, Prof. Tariq Butt, Prof. Ahmed Al-Turki, Prof. Mohammad Aldeghairi, Prof. Gamal Ibrahim, Ahmed Fouly, Dr. Abdel-Fatah Mohamed, Dr. Shaaban Moussa, Tech. Saad Al-Mansour.