As the world is celebrating 5 June as ‘World Environment Day’, I am glad to inform my readers on this special day, that I have recently taken up the position as chair professor of the newly created Red Palm Weevil Research Chair at King Saudi University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is very thoughtful of the University to establish a chair specifically to focus research on RPW, so as to develop new methods of controlling the weevil for the benefit of date palm farmers all over the world. We are planning to have cooperation and collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and other institutions with in the country and abroad. We are contemplating to bring together a galaxy of international experts to conduct research and find innovative solutions to the problems caused by RPW in KSA and worldwide. I will continue to blog on the site to answer questions from international visitors and also post any new information on the pest. I am happy to announce that there is going to be another website exclusively devoted to the R&D of RPW from my University. There are many features lined up for the benefit of palm farmers in the website. We thrive for excellence in RPW management in environment friendly, sustainable and viable manner. By Prof. Dr. P.S.P.V. Vidyasagar.
Date palm damage, Innovations, King Saud University