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AGRO, a Division of the American Chemical Society, brings together a worldwide community of scientists and stakeholders to advance knowledge and promote innovative solutions for the protection of agricultural productivity, public health, and environment.


Call for 2019 Symposium Proposals

Planning has begun for the 258th ACS National Meeting in San Diego, August 25 – 29, 2019. Symposium Proposals are due by Nov. 15th to this year’s Programming Chair, Cheryl Cleveland (cheryl.cleveland@basf.com). Symposia reflecting the National Theme “The Chemistry of Water” are highly encouraged.

All proposals must be submitted using the Call for Papers Template in Microsoft Word.  The Call for Papers Template is also available upon request from Cheryl.


14th IUPAC International Congress of Crop Protection Chemistry

May 19-24, 2019, Ghent Belgium

Call for Papers is now open
Deadline for abstract submission is December 15, 2019

Symposia of particular interest are:

  • Session 7.1 “Measuring and predicting pesticide fate in soil, water, atmosphere and crops: from micro- to macro-scale” organized by Pamela Rice, USDA-ARS and Colin Brown, York University
  • Session 7.2 “Pesticides mixtures and interactions with other contaminants: environmental fate processes, exposure and risk assessment” organized by George Cobb, Baylor and Jay Gan, University of California Riverside.
  • Session 7.3 “Laboratory-to-Landscape scale level investigations of the fate and
    transport of pesticides” organized by Amy Ritter, Waterborne Environmental and Marco Trevisan, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Session 10.3 “21st century stewardship – exploring the impact of big data, digitalization, precision ag and other modern tools” organized by Klaus Kunz, Bayer and Patricia Rice, BASF

Call for Nominations IUPAC International Award for Advances in Harmonized

Approaches to Crop Protection Chemistry
Deadline, December 1, 2018

Harmonization Award Nomination Form

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Call for Bids for 2023 IUPAC Congress of Crop Protection Chemistry

Deadline, December 31, 2018


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AGRO Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

Co-Sponsored by Eurofins


Baldwyn Torto, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

February 13, 2018 12 to 1 PM Easter Standard Time
Moderated by John Beck


Seventeen percent of the global infectious diseases are vector-borne which results in more than 700,000 deaths annually. Malaria ranks highest among these diseases, causing over 400,000 deaths yearly, mainly in children under 5 years of age. However, over 90 % of the global malaria burden disproportionately affects sub-Saharan Africa. A substantial gain in malaria control and consequent reduction in malaria deaths has been achieved between 2000 and 2015 attributed to a combination of interventions including long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs), indoor residual spraying (IRS), prompt diagnosis and treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTS). Spurred by the progress, the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 proposes to reduce malaria deaths by at least 40% by 2020 and malaria incidence and mortality rates by at least 90% by 2030 and eradication by 2040. Surprisingly, malaria reduction has stalled or plateaued, with the levels of malaria associated mortality and morbidity remaining the same in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Clearly, complementary new strategies are urgently required if the WHO target can be achieved considering challenges to existing interventions such as the emergence of vector insecticide and behavioral resistance to indoor control and parasite resistance to ACTs. We argue that to develop the next generation of vector control and chemotherapeutic tools, especially based on natural products, a better understanding of mosquito ecology is needed. This presentation will highlight progress in our study of mosquito-plant interactions towards development of promising leads for malaria control.


HESI’s Risk Assessment in the 21st Century (RISK21) Framework: Overview and Applications

Michelle R. Embry, Ph.D, Associate Director Environmental Science, Health and Environmental Science Institute

December 12, 2018 12 to 1 PM Easter Standard Time
Moderated by Paul Reibach

The HESI Risk Assessment in the 21st Century (RISK21 project developed an integrated risk assessment framework to enhance efficiency and risk management. This framework is an problem formulation-based, exposure driven, tiered data acquisition approach that allows an informed decision on safety to be made when sufficient evidence is available and is risk-based at every step. This approach maximizes the ability to inform decisions and optimize resource usage, and the program also developed a web-based tool that allows users to easily communicate risk-based decisions, whether for a screening and prioritization purpose or a definitive risk assessment. This tool is freely available at www.risk21.org. This webinar will provide an overview of the RISK21 framework and discuss several case study applications.