Biological and Chemical Approaches Towards Combating Resistance in Agriculture symposium

The “Biological and Chemical Approaches Towards Combating Resistance in Agriculture” symposium was hosted by The Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector of the RSC and The Chemical Biology Interface Division of the RSC in partnership with AGRI-net, BAYER Crop Science, Syngenta and the Biochemical Society.

This meeting focused upon agrochemical resistance and resistance management. As a consequence of the growing world population and its changing dietary requirements, modern agriculture is facing an ever increasing challenge to maintain and increase food production. At the same time, growing resistance problems towards some agrochemicals are resulting in serious crop damage and the loss of important compounds to the farmer. If ignored, resistance will significantly reduce worldwide agricultural output at a time when yields need to be increasing. Biological research has a key role to play in addressing the resistance challenge by helping to understand resistance mechanisms and to identify new modes of action unaffected by resistance. Chemical research has an equally important role to play in terms of synthesising new molecules, which either overcome resistance problems in existing targets or have novel modes of action.

The objective of the symposium was to showcase some of the recent scientific advances relevant to understanding and combating resistance and to promote scientific interactions between researchers in this field. This successful event brought together 8 speakers and over 70 delegates from countries across Europe. The format of the event involved a mixture of keynote lectures, short presentations on topical issues, discussions, and plenty of time for informal networking.

Uniquely, the symposium brought together some of the major stakeholders in the field of Resistance, including industry and academic representatives, facilitating a rounded discussion with multiple viewpoints and an exceptionally high quality debate.


Prizes were awarded for the best poster presentations at the meeting. We were delighted to award the following prizes:

Poster presentation - First Prize:  Christoph T. Zimmer  “A single P450 confers resistance to pyrethroids in pollen beetle, Meligethes aeneus, a European mega-pest in oilseed rape”

Poster presentation - Runners Up Prize: Bartek Toczka “Functional characterization of insect ryanodine receptors, molecular targets for new class of diamide insecticides”


Poster presentation - First Prize:  Christoph T. Zimmer           


Poster presentation - Runners Up Prize: Bartek Toczka


Below are some testimonials from the symposium delegates:

·         “Sessions and programme was very interesting and had very important topics

·         “I thoroughly enjoyed the conference”

·         “Very dynamic.”

·         “Topics very well selected.”

·         “Overall, it is run smoothly. Congratulation to the organizing committee.”

·         “I personally appreciated every moment. It was excellent!!!”