Invasive arthropods are a global challenge that impose a massive economic burden for agriculture, conservation, and health. With rising tourism, international trade, and climate change, it is more important than ever to invest in innovative research that tackles detection, response, management, and prevention of these invaders.
In partnership with Experiment (a mission-driven company), the Entomological Society of America is calling for research proposals that focus on the 2018 Grand Challenge Agenda for Entomology (GCAFE) topic: Invasive Arthropods.
At the conclusion of the GCAFE summit (Addressing the North American and Pacific Rim Invasive Insect and Arthropod Species Challenge) in Vancouver, Canada (November 9-10, 2018) participants and interested researchers are invited to collaborate on and submit research projects for funding via Experiment’s crowdfunding platform. Projects should address the key areas of focus identified at the summit to tackle the problem of invasive arthropods in North America and the Pacific Rim. Researchers do not need to have attended the summit in order to submit a campaign. Learn more about the summit and its outcomes here.
The world is more interconnected than ever, and with rising global tourism and migration, internet commerce, trade, and unintentional transport of invasive insects from one region to another, this is a problem with no simple solutions in sight.
ESA will be reviewing all projects prior to their joining the challenge, and reserves the right to reject projects that they feel do not meet the Grand Challenge criteria.
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Image credit to Dalton Ludwick, PhD.