"Sustainable Solutions for Tropical Fruit Pests and Diseases"




Tropical fruit trade is reaching new heights commanding a significant share in the global agricultural trade. Consumption of tropical fruits has increased over the years due to improved socio-economic well-being of the global population. This has concurrently opened up new market opportunities and transformed the preferences of consumers for healthier alternatives and ready-to-serve products.

The sustainable production of tropical fruits is however threatened by the incursion of pests and diseases (P&D) into tropical fruit production systems worldwide. Globalisation, trade liberalisation, and expansion of travel destinations create wide opportunities for networking and market growth. Paradoxically, these also create pathways for broader dispersion of pests and diseases from their geographical origins. Pests and diseases (P&D) not only reduce the yield and affect quality, but lower the market potential of tropical fruits and its products.

The emergence and obliteration of these virulent P&D into farms propagating commercial cultivars of tropical fruits have impacted the fruit trade, with export volumes taking a plunge. The incursion of P&D into agricultural systems may pose an impending threat of severing the sustainable access into the global fruit trade market in the future if remedial steps are not found.

Harmonising efforts at all levels as well as integrated approaches are necessary to curtail and mitigate its destructive effects. Strict quarantine and regulatory measures should also be enforced at various entry points of countries to prevent further invasion. At farm level, smallholder farmers and growers should be trained to adopt good agricultural practices (GAP). Research and development efforts have to be intensified and prioritised by national research institutes to find an effective response. Public awareness on the use of biotechnology tools for integrated pest management (IPM) also need to be increased to assist in decision-making for the adoption of effective methods for the prevention of P&D. However, these measures remain insufficient to end the infection and spread of P&D in tropical fruits.

Keeping in view the above mentioned needs and challenges, the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) through the support from the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) proposes to organise an international conference to extend the available expert knowledge existent on the mitigation and prevention of prevailing P&D for tropical fruits, thus safeguarding the sustainability of tropical fruit production and trade.




Organizer: International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet)

Support: Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Malaysia (MOA)


      • Biotechnology Research  Institute, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
      • Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI)
      • Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)



The International Conference on Tropical Fruit Pest and Diseases (TROPED 2018) is organized with the aim for expert knowledge sharing and networking on the various topics related to P&D management of tropical fruits.



  1. New and Emerging Tropical Fruits Pests and Diseases
  2. Challenges and Opportunities in Biosecurity and Quarantine
  3. Plant Health, Soil Nutrition and Disease-free Planting Materials
  4. Advances in Biological Control Methods
  5. Advances in Biotechnology Research on Tropical Fruit Pests and Diseases
  6. Developments in Plant Protection: Emerging Trends and Capacity Requirements


    • Industry Players
    • Researchers
    • Innovators
    • Policy Makers
    • Farmers




Paper submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts in crop protection and biotechnology. All accepted oral papers will be published in the conference proceedings indexed in CAB Abstracts, a leading English language bibliographic information system.

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