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The Arab Society for Plant Protection
Establishment
The Society was established by a group of plant protection scientists who met in Aleppo in 1977, and officialy registered in 1981 in Beirut, Lebanon and now it includes over 700 members from 17 different Arab countries in addition to other countries such as: Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, France, Germany, Greece, UK and USA.
 
Mission Statement
The Arab Society for Plant Protection (ASPP) is a non-profit professional and scholarly organization of scientists from both public and private academic institutions, as well as industry representing a great variety of scientists who are involved in the field of plant protection in the Arab World and abroad. The society promotes research, education, and extension outreach activities related to pests, provides science-based information to the public and private sectors and fosters awareness of pests and their impacts on arable and natural ecosystems. The ASPP is affiliated to the International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS), International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP) and the Mediterranean Phytopathological Union (MPU).
 
Major ASPP Activities
Scientific Journal & Newsletter - Among the important activities of the Arab Society for Plant Protection is the publishing of The Arab Journal of Plant Protection (AJPP) and The Arab and Near East Plant Protection Newsletter (ANEPPNEL), both issued twice a year. The AJPP publishes refereed scientific papers in all areas related to plant protection (pathology, nematology, entomology, acarology, weed science, rodents, pesticides and residues, pest control, etc.). Papers are mostly published in the Arabic language with Arabic and English abstracts.

Other publications - ASPP also published an Arabic translation of the "CMI Pocketbook of Plant Pathology" in cooperation with the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau - CAB and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN.
At present, ASPP is planning to publish in the coming few years a series of specialized Plant Protection Books that captures the research results obtained in the Arab World over the last few decades. Such books will be a great help to graduate students, academic staff, researchers and extension workers.

Unification of Plant Protection Terms in the Arab Region - The ASPP, in an effort to unify Arabic scientific terms in plant protection issued recently the "Dictionary of Scientific Terms in Plant Protection". This volume includes around 10,000 scientific terms (Nematology, Entomology, Mycology, Virology, Pesticides and Weed Science), where the user can seek the translation he needs starting with either the Arabic or the English term. This effort was culminated in a meeting held in October, 2003, where around 50 scientists from eight Arab countries met in a two days workshop hosted by Omar El-Mokhtar University, El-Beida, Libya, to discuss and finalize this work.

Congresses - Regular events organized by the ASPP include the Arab Congresses of Plant Protection. The 1st congress was held in Amman, Jordan in 1982; the second in Damascus, Syria (1985); the 3rd in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates (1988); the 4th in Cairo, Egypt (1991); the 5th in Fes, Morocco (1994); the 6th in Beirut, Lebanon (1997); the 7th in Amman, Jordan (2000), the 8th congress in El-Beida, Libya (2003), the 9th congress in Damascus, Syria. Attendants of ASPP Congresses ranged from 400 to 600, presenting some 400-500 research papers. Each congress included several symposia presented by internationally recognised scientists and focused on topics of particular importance to the Arab region.

Workshops (National and Regional) - The ASPP also collaborates with other institutions in organizing other international, regional or national conferences and workshops: (1) A Workshop on Damaging Diseases Affecting the Future of Fruit Tree Production in Lebanon and Neighboring Countries, Beirut, Lebanon, November 12, 1998; (2) International Symposium on Biological Control of Insect Pests of Agricultural Crops, University of Aleppo, Syria, October 24-28, 1999; (3) Workshop on Research Priorities and Regulatory Issues in Plant Protection in Lebanon, Beirut, Lebanon, October 24, 2002; (4) Workshop on Enhancing the Use of New Approaches in Plant Protection in Lebanon, Beirut, Lebanon, December 21, 2002; (5) 2nd International Conference on Sunn Pest, ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria (July 19-22, 2004).

Training Courses - ASPP, through its highly skilled membership, is prepared to offer specialized courses related to the different plant protection disciplines and their practical applications at the farm level. An example of such courses (but not limited to) are: (i) scientific writing in plant protection, (ii) safe use of pesticides, (iii) integrated pest management (IPM), (iv) IPM in organic farming, and (v) diagnosis of plant pathogens and insect pests. In addition, special courses can be designed based on the needs of institutions/companies requesting thecourse.

Consultancies - ASPP would be happy to provide assistance to academic, technical and industrial institutions through provision of highly skilled and specialized consultants in the various fields of plant protection. Such consultancies may be for short or medium durations. Also, various institutions may utilize consultancy capabilities of the highly recognized and specialized retired scientists.
 
ASPP Funding
ASPP is funded mainly through membership subscription fees and through the financial support provided by sustaining member institutions. Sustaining institutions include international organizations such as FAO, ICARDA and AOAD as well as local national and international private agricultural companies.

ASPP Address
Arab Society for Plant Protection
2nd floor, Borj El-Kalaa Building
Hussain Street (Off Sadat Street)
Hamra - Ras Beirut
Beirut - Lebanon
 
  For more information please contact
Arab Society for Plant Protection
P.O. Box 113-6057
Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: +961-1- 809 173
Fax: +961-1- 809 173
E-mail: aspp@terra.net.lb
Website: www.asplantprotection.org
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