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.
Asia and the Pacific Regional Section (India, South-East Asia, Japan and Australia)
African Tropical Regional Section (African countries south of the Sahara)
East Palearctic Regional Section (Eastern Europe)
Nearctic Regional Section (North America)
Neotropical Regional Section (Latin-American countries)
West Palearctic Regional Section (Europe, Mediterranean Region, Near- and Middle East)
Biocontrol Training and Financial Support
Check out the list of upcoming training courses!
IOBC-Global may financially support participation of young career biological control scientist (< 35 years) who are member of one of the Regional Sections of IOBC, so they can take part in a training course. Get the details about funding conditions and application.
How did you become a biological control practitioner?
There is no straightforward answers to this questions as there are many roads to obtain a position in biological control.
Check out the shared career paths to become a biological control practitioner!
20th Organic World Congress (OWC),
06-10 Sept. 2021 (postponed, original dates 21-27 Sept. 2020),
Drawing from the motto, 'From its Roots, Organic Inspires Life', the OWC will aim to provide organic and likeminded stakeholders working toward sustainable agriculture, value chains, and consumption with an opportunity to exchange their knowledge, innovations, and experiences.
31 Oct. - 03 Nov. 2021 (hybrid meeting, in-person and virtual presentations),
Denver, CO, USA.
Annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), meeting theme, Adapt. Advance. Transform. Organizers are encouraged to propose timely, thought-provoking, and appealing sessions that are inclusive and display the diversity of entomological science and incorporate the meeting theme.
III International Organic Fruit Symposium and I International Organic Vegetable Symposium jointly with VIII International Conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture,
14-17 Dec. 2021, (virtual event), Catania, Italy
6th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods (ISBCA),
15-17 March and 22-24 March 2022 (virtually over two weeks)
First Announcement (pdf)
IOBC-WPRS PR-IR Conference 2022, "Priming the Future for Healthy Plants", IOBC-WPRS WG "Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases",
04-07 April 2022 (postponed, original dates 14-17 Sept. 2020, 06-09 Sept. 2021), Sheffield, UK
IOBC PR-IR meetings provide a specialist forum for researchers on plant responses to microbial pathogens and invertebrate herbivores to discuss the latest ideas on induced resistance.
26th ICE Congress 2022, International Congress of Entomology,
18-23 July 2022 (postponed, original dates 19-24 July 2020),
During congress: IOBC Global General Assembly
15th Workshop of the IOBC–MRQA Working Group:
Delivering on the Increasing Demand for High Quality Invertebrates,
05-09 September 2022,
Plant Health, Agriculture & Bioscience Conference (PHAB),
14-16 Sept. 2022 (postponed, original dates 09-11 Sept. 2020, 22-24 Sept. 2021),
The Hague, the Netherlands.
PHAB 2022 will foster growth in plant health innovation and sustainability by driving collaborations, business opportunities, investments, and knowledge.
HPIS 2020, International Hemipteran-Plant Interactions Symposium,
Dec. 2022 (postponed, exact date will be communicated later, original dates 02-04 Dec. 2020),
The HPIS is an interdisciplinary, international congress, bringing together researchers who study phytophagous piercing/sucking insects, their complex interactions with their host plants, environment and pathogen transmission.
27th ICE Congress 2024, International Congress of Entomology,
25-30 August 2024
Safe the Date!
Control Biológico en América Latina y el Caribe: Su rica historia y futuro brillante
(Spanish version of Biological Control in Latin America and the Caribbean)
Editado por: Joop C van Lenteren, Vanda H P Bueno, María Gabriela Luna, Yelitza C Colmenarez.
Will be published in 2021.
Biological Control: Global Impacts, Challenges and Future Directions of Pest Management
Edited by: Peter G. Mason, Oct. 2021 (hardback), 664 pp.
The Official Journal of IOBC
New, strongly increased Impact Factor: 3.571 (2020)!
Volume 66, Issue 4, August 2021, Table of Contents
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The new IOBC-Global Study Group "Classical Weed Biological Control" is an extension of the venerable International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds (ISBCW).
We are very pleased to welcome the distinguished group of scientists represented by this group into our family of Working/Study Groups.
IOBC: History of the First 50 Years (1956-2006).
Edited by: Boller, E.F., J.C. van Lenteren and V. Delucchi, 287 pp.
The book is available as free PDF.
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