The series "Climate Change Entomology in the North" focuses on the fundamental and drastic demands in agricultural entomology in the Nordic countries, caused primarily by climate change. At an accelerating rate new serious, invasive pests threaten our primary production systems in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, and wilderness areas. Furthermore, our pollination and biocontrol ecosystems services - vital to our crop production as well as wild flowers and berries - are at risk due to invading pests, competitors, and diseases; changing phenology of flowering; multiple generations of pests; decline and even forecast extinctions of certain pollinator species, etc. We need to train a new generation of experts in this area to be able to cope with the growing challenges. Foremost immediate threats include the spotted wing Drosophila -fly, recently introduced from Asia to Europe, and which is making its way northwards (recorded at many locations in Sweden already).

Course leader:
Guðmundur Halldórsson, Associate Professor, Agricultural University of Iceland (LBHI)

Main teachers:
Guðmundur Halldórsson, Associate Professor, LBHI, Iceland
Bjarni Diðrik Sigurðsson, Professor, LBHI
Isabel C Barrio, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Iceland, Iceland
Toke Thomas Høye, Senior Scientist, Aarhus University, Denmark
Heikki Hokkanen, Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland
Leena Lindström, University Lecturer, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Ingeborg Menzler-Hokkanen, Senior Postdoctoral Project Researcher, University of Helsinki, Finland

More information in NOVA website.