1. How can collaboration strengthen quality and impacts of research? How do you make it work so all partners come out as winners?

  2. How should ecologically based pest management research be organized (e.g., long term ecological research studies, university, on farm) to evaluate ecological processes and accommodate site-specific variability?

  3. How can practical knowledge be incorporated into the research design to improve pest management decision making in individual management systems?

  4. What organizations should take the lead in establishing and coordinating collaborative research efforts for ecologically based pest management? What types of projects should be lead by the public sector? Private sector? Joint leadership?

  5. What are potential roles of collaborators, including professional societies, in advancing research investments in ecologically based pest management (e.g., policy)?

Implementation discussion group

Facilitator: Lorna Michael Butler, Washington tate University, Puyallup

  1. What are the goals of ecologically based decision making? How can integrated pest management be strengthened by ecological approaches?

  2. What does response to Question 1 imply with regard to choices of methodologies and partners?

  3. How can biological principles be used to create user-friendly decision-making systems? What are some technical and social challenges?

  4. What are some factors that facilitate/discourage adoption of ecologically based pest management strategies?

  5. What role will extension/consultants/input suppliers and other producers play in education, demonstration, and training of pest managers? What should be the role of the public sector? Private sector? Joint roles?

  6. What is the role of collaborators, including professional societies, in advancing implementation of ecologically based pest management (e.g., policy)?



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