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Australian potato and IPM specialist to present during World Potato Congress webinar

The World Potato Congress is pleased to present its next webinar on Tuesday, April 6, 2021/Wednesday, April 7, 2021 with Dr. Paul Horne, Entomologist and owner and Director of IPM Technologies Pty Ltd., Hurstbridge, Victoria, Australia.

Presentation Outline

The presentation will outline the elements of IPM in any crop but particularly in potatoes. The most important biological, cultural and chemical options available to growers will be described and specific examples will be given from Australian potato production. The integration of biological and chemical control options is an important element, requiring accurate knowledge on the impact of pesticides on different species of beneficial insects of importance. 

Examples of how pesticides can be chosen based on their IPM fit will be given, again using Australian conditions as an example. Adoption of IPM remains a challenge in many crops around the world, including potatoes. How IPM has become adopted by a large proportion of Australian potato production (including seed, processing and ware crops) will be described.

Webinar Registration

The host for this webinar will be WPC Director, Dr. Nora Olsen ( To register in advance for this Tuesday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (USA and Canada)/ Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 07:00 a.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time go to:

Following your registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.

As Dr. Horne will be presenting from Hurstbridge, Victoria, Australia, the following are the times this webinar will be presented live:
April 7, Wednesday 7 am Melbourne, Australia (AEST)
April 6, Tuesday 3 pm Boise, Idaho, USA (MST)
                             5 pm New York City, USA (EST)
                            11 pm Brussels, Belgium (CEST)

In case you are unable to attend the live presentation or if you have missed any of the previous WPC webinars, you can view them all on our website at

WPC Inc. looks forward to interacting with you during this initiative. We welcome all your feedback via email:

About the presenter

Paul Horne

Dr. Paul Horne is an entomologist and since 1996 has been owner and director of IPM Technologies Pty Ltd, based in Hurstbridge, Victoria, Australia.

He has been involved with the development and implementation of IPM in a wide range of crops but specialising in potatoes. He has worked on IPM in potato crops in Australia for over 30 years. His work on IPM in a range of crops has taken him to different places including Yemen, Thailand, Spain, Denmark, Indonesia, New Zealand and Papua, New Guinea.  A strong focus of his work has been the implementation and adoption of IPM strategies. This has also involved a strong research component on the impact of pesticides on species of beneficial invertebrates.

For many years, Paul delivered a lecture series on entomology and IPM at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.  He also regularly supervises undergraduate and post-graduate students from La Trobe and Melbourne Universities.  Paul completed both his undergraduate degree and PhD at La Trobe University.

Paul has written several books on insects and IPM (the two most important co-authored with Jessica Page) and two guidebooks to insects in potato crops in Australia. He has published over 70 scientific and conference papers on insects and IPM, as well as many other articles in industry literature.  In 2009, Paul received the “Researcher of the Year” award from the Australian Vegetable industry.

Source: World Potato Congress Inc
Cover photo: Paul Horne (right) discusses potato IPM with grower Tony Cummaudo.

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