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International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC)
Organisation Internationale de Lutte Biologique (OILB)

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.


IOBC Regional Sections and Working Groups

 

Regional Sections

IOBC: Regional Sections

APRS

 

Asia and the Pacific Regional Section (India, South-East Asia, Japan and Australia)

ATRS

 

African Tropical Regional Section (African countries south of the Sahara)

EPRS

 

East Palearctic Regional Section (Eastern Europe)

NRS

 

Nearctic Regional Section (North America)

NTRS

 

Neotropical Regional Section (Latin-American countries)

WPRS

 

West Palearctic Regional Section (Europe, Mediterranean Region, Near- and Middle East)

APRS WPRS ATRS EPRS NTRS NRS

 

Latest News and Events

Call for Trainings 2021

Keen to organise a practical training courses in biological control? IOBC-Global is keen to assist!


Call for Biocontrol Training Initiatives

Keen to organise a practical training course in biological control? IOBC-Global is keen to assist! Applications for training courses 2021 are now open. Deadline: 30th Nov. 2020. Successful proposals will be notified by 15th Feb. 2021.

Submit your applications now!

IUBS Webinar Series

IUBS Webinar Series


To commemorate the completion of 100 years of promoting excellence in biological sciences, the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) has launched a Webinar Series.
Lecture 1: "Forgetting How to Tend the Soil", Prof. Rattan Lal, recipient of World Food Prize 2020, on 2nd October 2020.

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Obituary

In Memoriam Robert F. Luck, May 29th 1941- September 6th 2020

In Memoriam Robert F. Luck
Professor of Entomology, Emeritus
May 29th 1941- Sept. 6th 2020

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ICBC2

Second International Congress of Biological Control (ICBC2), 26-30 April 2021, Davos, Switzerland.

2nd International Congress of Biological Control (ICBC2), on-site and virtual, 26-30 April 2021, Davos, Switzerland.

Early registration / abstract submission: By 09.10.2020

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ISCP

72nd International Symposium on Crop Protection (ISCP), 18.05.2021, Ghent, Belgium.

 


72nd International Symposium on Crop Protection (ISCP)
,
18 May 2021 (postponed due to COVID-19, original date 19 May 2020),
Ghent, Belgium.

The Symposium will focus on new developments in all aspects of crop protection.

Stay Tuned.

 

IYPH 2020

International Plant Health Conference "Protecting Plant Health in a changing world", 28 June - 1 July 2021, Helsinki, Finland

International Plant Health Conference "Protecting Plant Health in a Changing World",
28 June - 1 July 2021 (postponed original dates 5-8 October 2020),
Helsinki, Finland.

One of the key events of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).

Consider Your Participation.

XXVI ICE Congress 2020

XXVI ICE Congress 2020, International Congress of Entomology, 18-23 July 2021, Helsinki, Finland.

XXVI ICE Congress 2020, International Congress of Entomology,
18-23 July 2021 (postponed due to COVID-19, original dates 19-24 July 2020),
Helsinki, Finland.
& IOBC-Global General Assembly

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SIP 2020

Symposium on Insect-Plant Interactions (SIP), 25-29 July 2021, Leiden, The Netherlands

 

 

Symposium on Insect-Plant Interactions (SIP),
25-29 July 2021 (rescheduled due to COVID-19, original dates 26-30 July 2020),
Leiden, The Netherlands

Latest developments in research on the relationships between plants, insects and associated microorganisms, from physiological mechanisms to ecological and evolutionary processes.

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IOBC-WPRS PR-IR 2020

IOBC-WPRS PR-IR Conference 2020, "Priming the Future for Healthy Plants", IOBC-WPRS Working Group "Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases", 14-17 September 2020, Institute for Sustainable Food, Sheffield, UK

IOBC-WPRS PR-IR Conference 2020, "Priming the Future for Healthy Plants", IOBC-WPRS WG "Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases",
06-09 Sept. 2021 (postponed due to COVID-19, original dates 14-17 Sept. 2020), Sheffield, UK

IOBC PR-IR meetings provide a specialist forum for researchers on plant responses to microbial pathogens and invertebrate herbivores to exchange information and discuss the latest ideas on induced resistance.

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Organic World Congress

20th Organic World Congress (OWC), 8-10 September 2021, Rennes, France.

20th Organic World Congress (OWC),
08-10 Sept. 2021
(postponed, original dates 21-27 Sept. 2020),
Rennes, France.

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.

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IOBC GCWG Meeting

2nd International IOBC-Global Cactus Working Group (GCWG) Meeting, 21-23 September 2020, Windhoek, Namibia

 

2nd International IOBC-Global Cactus Working Group (GCWG) Meeting,
21-23 Sept. 2021 (postponed, original dates 23-25 March 2020),
Windhoek, Namibia

The attendance of young scientists at this meeting has been generously funded by the IOBC.

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PHAB 2020

Plant Health, Agriculture & Bioscience Conference (PHAB2020), 09.-11.09.2020, The Hague, Netherlands

 

 

Plant Health, Agriculture & Bioscience Conference (PHAB),
22-24 Sept. 2021 (postponed, original dates 09-11 Sept. 2020),
The Hague, the Netherlands.

PHAB 2020 will foster growth in plant health innovation and sustainability by driving collaborations, business opportunities, investments, and knowledge.

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HPIS 2020

HPIS 2020, International Hemipteran-Plant Interactions Symposium, 02-04 December 2020, Melbourne, Australia.

HPIS 2020, International Hemipteran-Plant Interactions Symposium,
Dec. 2021 (postponed by one year, exact date will be communicated later, original dates 02-04 Dec. 2020),
Melbourne, Australia.

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.

Stay tuned!

IOBC-Global Newsletter

IOBC Global Newsletter, latest issue

Issue 107, June-July 2020

Send your newsletter contributions, ideas, comments to secretary-general@iobc-global.org

BioControl

BioControl - official journal of the International organisation for Biological Control (IOBC)

Impressive improvement of impact factor 2019: 3.092 (up from 2.191), now in the top 10 of all journals in entomology!

Congratulations to our Editor in Chief Eric Wajnberg and the wonderful Editorial Team. And thank you, all of the authors and contributors.

Publish your next paper in BioControl!
Working on a manuscript right now? We encourage you to consider publishing in BioControl.
Have an idea for a Special Issue? We are open to suggestions for special issues!

Online submission at https://www.editorialmanager.com/bico

Book Announcement

Integrative Biological Control Ecostacking for Enhanced Ecosystem Services, April 2020

Integrative Biological Control Ecostacking for Enhanced Ecosystem Services
April 2020
Edited by Yulin Gao, Heikki M. T. Hokkanen and Ingeborg Menzler-Hokkanen.

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New IOBC Study Group

Group Photo: Participants of the International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds 2018 in Engelberg, Switzerland.

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.

Book Announcement

Biological Control in Latin America and the Caribbean, available early in 2020
Edited by Joop C. van Lenteren, Vanda H.P. Bueno, M. Gabriela Luna and Yelitza C. Colmenarez.

Biological Control in Latin America and the Caribbean
Dec. 2019
Edited by Joop C. van Lenteren, Vanda H.P. Bueno, M. Gabriela Luna and Yelitza C. Colmenarez.
The book can be ordered at CABI_Books.

IOBC members: Get a 20% discount.

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IOBC History Book

IOBC: History of the First 50 Years (1956-2006).

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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