Eighth International Conference on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests

The Eighth International Conference on Management of the Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Insect Pests will be organized by the World Vegetable Center in association with Cornell University (USA). The workshop will be held March 4-8, 2019 at Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan. About 100 – 150 researchers worldwide are expected to participate and present research papers. The conference is designed to provide a common forum for the researchers to share their findings in bio-ecology of insect pests, host plant resistance, biological control, pesticides and insect resistant management on crucifer crops. As with previous workshops, a comprehensive publication of the proceedings will be published.

Scientific Sessions

  1. Diamondback moth and other crucifer pests: The Global Challenge in a Changing Climate
  2. Biology, ecology and behavior of diamondback moth and other crucifer pests
  3. Insect plant interactions, host plant resistance and chemical ecology of crucifer pests
  4. Insecticide resistance and its management in crucifer pests
  5. Biological and non-chemical methods of management of crucifer pests (including organic agriculture)
  6. Genetic approaches to manage crucifer pests
  7. At the farm and landscape level: Barriers to and innovations for management of crucifer pests



Call for abstracts / papers: 1 October 2018 – 2 February 2019

Instructions for Abstract Submission: Please prepare the abstract using this template and submit it to paola.sotelo@worldveg.org and ariel.wu@worldveg.org


Download Registration Form

Registration: 1 October 2018 – 9 February 2019

Registration Fee:

Individual:                                 USD 750
Students:                                    USD 500
Accompanying Persons:         USD 400 (Not entitled to receive conference material)


Three accommodation facilities are available near the venue:

  • World Vegetable Center Guest House, with room charge at US$ 70~85/day
  • L’Arc Hotel, located in Shanhua, with room charge at US$ 75~90/day
  • Sendale Hotel, located in Xinshi, with room charge at US$ 65~80/day
    • If you choose to stay at l’Arc Hotel or Sendale Hotel, a shuttle service is available between the hotels and the venue during the conference period.
    • If you choose to stay at other hotels in Tainan City, you can take the local train to Nanke Station or Shanhua Station and then take a taxi to the venue.


By air

  • If you fly to Kaohsiung International Airport (IATA code: KHH) which is at a distance of about one hour drive to the venue, a pick-up service can be arranged with an extra charge. Please provide the flight details in your registration form to facilitate the arrangement.
  • If you fly to Taoyuan International Airport (IATA code: TPE), please take the MRT to Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Taoyuan Station which is at a distance of about one and half hours by the high speed rail train to Tainan. From THSR Tainan Station, you can take a taxi to the venue.  You may find more details and reserve your ticket on THSR website.



Travel grants are available for young scientists interested in attending the DBM conference:

International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC) Travel Grants

IOBC is offering a few travel grants to selected participants of this conference. The usual size of an individual travel grant is 500 Euro.

Selection criteria:

(1) under 35 years of age
(2) member of IOBC in their regional section
(3) giving a presentation (oral or poster) on Biological Control or IPM strategies in the conference.

If you wish to be considered for the travel grant, please indicate it in your email when you submit your abstract and registration form. You must mention your age and provide proof of membership in an IOBC regional section.

Scientific Committee

Dr. SRINIVASAN RAMASAMY World Vegetable Center, Taiwan
E-mail: srini.ramasamy@worldveg.org

Dr. PAOLA SOTELO-CARDONA World Vegetable Center, Taiwan
E-mail: paola.sotelo@worldveg.org

Dr. ANTHONY M. SHELTON Cornell University, USA
E-mail: ams5@cornell.edu

University of Queensland, Australia
E-mail: M.Zalucki@uq.edu.au

University of Queensland, Australia
E-mail: m.furlong@uq.edu.au

E-mail: a.siva@cabi.org

Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
E-mail: zhenyu_li@163.com; diamondback.moth@gmail.com

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
E-mail: fberan@ice.mpg.de

Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
E-mail: inga@entomology.de

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya
E-mail: ssubramania@icipe.org


Crucifers such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, mustard, radish, and several leafy greens are economically important vegetables vital for human health. These nutritious vegetables provide much-needed vitamins and minerals to the human diet—especially  vitamins  A  and  C,  iron,  calcium,  folic  acid,  and  dietary  fiber. Crucifers also are capable of preventing different types of cancer.

The diamondback moth (DBM), Plutella xylostella, is the most serious crucifer pest worldwide. In addition, head caterpillar (Crocidolomia pavonana), web worm (Hellula undalis), butterflies (Pieris spp.), flea beetle (Phyllotreta spp.) and aphids (Brevicoryne brassicae, Lipaphis erysimi, Myzus persicae) also cause significant yield losses in crucifers.

Farmers prefer to use chemical pesticides for controlling this pest because they have an immediate knock-down effect and are easily available when needed in local markets. Pesticides constitute a major share in the total production  cost  of  crucifer  crops,  accounting  for  about  38%  of  the  cost  of production of major crucifer crops in India and about 49% in the Philippines.

Pest resistance to insecticides is on the rise, leading farmers to spray even more pesticides. Insecticide resistance, environmental degradation, human health impacts, resource loss and economic concerns have triggered a growing interest in integrated pest management (IPM).


The International Working Group on DBM and Other Crucifer Insects is an informal group of researchers worldwide who are actively engaged in research and development in crucifer pest management. This research group participates in an international workshop on the management of DBM and other crucifer insect pests that occurs every five to six years.

The first and second workshops were organized by Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) in Taiwan in 1985 and  1990.  The  third  workshop  was  organized  by  the Malaysian  Agricultural Research and Development Institute in Kuala Lumpur in 1996. The fourth workshop was organized in Australia in 2001 and the fifth workshop was organized by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing in 2006. The sixth workshop was organized by AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center in Thailand in 2011 and the seventh workshop was organized by the University Agricultural Sciences Bangalore in 2015.

Additional details and proceedings of these workshops can be found at:



Flagship Program Leader for Safe and Sustainable Value Chains & Lead Entomologist
World Vegetable Center, Shanhua, Tainan 74151, Taiwan
Tel: +886-6-5837801
Fax: +886-6-5830009
E-mail: srini.ramasamy@worldveg.org

Scientist (Entomology)
World Vegetable Center, Shanhua, Tainan 74151, Taiwan
Tel: +886-6-5837801
Fax: +886-6-5830009
E-mail: paola.sotelo@worldveg.org