Latest IOBC Newsletter (pdf),
December 2015

IOBC Global Newsletter 98, December 2015

The International organisation for Biological Control (IOBC) promotes environmentally safe methods of pest and disease control. It is a voluntary organisation of biological-control workers.

Membership in IOBC gives individuals and organisations the opportunity to participate in biological control activities beyond their specific jobs and workplaces, to step outside their bureaucracies, and to contribute to the promotion of biological control worldwide.

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Latest News


Australia back in business in weed biocontrol
Some very good news for Biocontrol in Australia have been announced 14 April 2016 by Australia's acting Prime Minister, total project worth $13M.

Weed Biocontrol News

Australia back in business in weed biocontrol
Some very good news for Biocontrol in Australia have been announced 14 April 2016 by Australia's acting Prime Minister, total project worth $13M.

This is the second weed biological control project funded under this program. The first was last year for $5M on 6 targets where biocontrol activities are further developed. Australia now has nearly $20M of projects working together across agencies on weed biological control.$6-2-million-whack-for-weeds-.aspx

A renaissance of the field in Australia! Mainly on weeds of Ag significance but there are a few targets to add to this for about another $1M+ for environmental weeds with more to come.

We are expecting Australia will be looking for somewhere between 5-10 new Research Scientist positions to support this program. Clearly also some of the targets will be of interest to our international partners.


ICE 2016, XXV International Congress of Entomology, 25-30 September 2016, Orlando, Florida, USA

ICE 2016

XXV International Congress of Entomology, 25.-30.09.2016, Orlando, Florida, USA.
There will be four IOBC-sponsored symposia, plus a host of additional talks related to biological control and IPM.

Four IOBC-sponsored biological control symposia:

  • Biological Control Under Climate Change

  • Prospects and Challenges for Biocontrol of Disease Vectors

  • Status and Prospects for Biological Control in the 21st Century

  • Zoophytophagous Arthropods in Biological Control

Don't forget to register!

The IOBC Green & Yellow List approach goes global with Plantwise.


The IOBC Green & Yellow List approach goes global with Plantwise. Over 500 green and yellow lists have been developed in Plantwise countries and are published on the free online Knowledge Bank.

Green and yellow lists, a concept first developed by the IOBC-WPRS Commission on 'Guidelines for Integrated Production' to provide indirect and direct control options to growers for crop pests, has been adopted and expanded through the CABI led Plantwise programme.

Plantwise Programme

IOBC Elections: Call for nominations for a new IOBC Global Executive Committee is now open.

IOBC Elections

Call for nominations for a new Executive Committee: If you are dedicated to BC, and have the time and organizational ability to make a contribution to the field and to your peers - please step forward and offer to serve!

Nominations should be supported by 10 regular IOBC members, and sent with the written consent of the nominee to the Secretary General at least 1 month before the dispatch of the voting documents (i.e., by March 1, 2016). Nominations should include a short biography, and an explanation of why the person qualifies for a specific function on the Executive Committee.

Election procedures


IOBC Workshop on Biological Control: Concepts and Opportunities,11.-15.10.2015, Engelberg Switzerland.

IOBC Workshop on BC

A very successful IOBC workshop about "Concepts and Opportunities in Biological Control" was held in Engelberg, Switzerland, from 11-15 October 2015.

The workshop brought together 19 participants from around the world to represent different aspects of biological control.
The context of the workshop was to address a number of scientific, economic, social and cultural impediments to wider implementation of biological control worldwide.

Read more about the discussions and outcome & download papers

Information on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)

Will Biological Control Be Impossible in the Future?

Forum article in the journal BioControl of the Commission on Biological Control and ABS

The IOBC report to FAO minimized political statements, to focus on a factual summary. The Commission on Biological Control and ABS thought it was essential to present these issues to the biological control community, as an important part of this community is still unaware or just beginning to understand the possible implications of ABS. Therefore, the Commission wrote a forum article for the journal BioControl.
Forum Article

Writing partnership

Writing Partnership

Non-native English speakers sometimes need help in preparing scientific articles for publication in English language journals.

IOBC Global is establishing a pool of volunteers to help review and edit these articles, especially for young scientists and those who cannot afford to pay for professional services. The editing is not focused on scientific content, but rather on language use and clarity.

Please contact Dr. Russell Messing ( if you are willing to volunteer.