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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, Working/Study Groups and Commission

 

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)

 

Latest News and Events

Call for Papers

Third International Congress of Biological Control (ICBC3),24 - 27 June 2024San José, Costa Rica.

Call for papers: Special issue on pre-emptive biological control (open access journal Biological Control)
Gonzalo Avila with assistance from Kim Hoelmer, Tim Haye and Barbara BarrattI are inviting contributions to a special issue on "Pre-emptive biological control: a novel approach to increase preparedness for potential biosecurity threats".
Manuscript submission deadline: 30th August 2024.

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IOBC General Assembly

IOBC General Assembly

IOBC-Global Executive Committee, Council Meeting and General Assembly @ICBC3, 2024

The International Congress of Biological Control 3 (ICBC3) which will be organized by IOBC-Global and CABI, will take place from 24 to 27 June 2024 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

During this congress, IOBC-Global will also organize a General Assembly with a lot of news and present the results of the election of the new Executive Committee.

Plan your participation!

ISBCW 2023, Proceedings

Proceedings of the XVI International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds. Puerto Iguazú, Argentina, 7 – 12 May 2023: Cover

XVI International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds (ISBCW)

The XVI ISBCW was organised in 11 scientific sessions, with 75 oral presentations and 100 posters by 156 participants from 19 countries and 64 institutions from all over the world.

Cabrera Walsh G., Anderson F.E., Mc Kay F., Sosa A.J. and Hernández M.C., eds., 2023. Proceedings of the XVI International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds. Puerto Iguazú, Argentina, 7 – 12 May 2023, 216 pp., ISBN 978-631-90256-0-6
Download: Proceedings 16th ISBCW 2023 (pdf)

IOBC Needs Your Help

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


Worldwide Education in Biological Control

IOBC Global often receives questions about education and training possibilities for biological control. Please provide information about YOUR education and training opportunities. We will publish it on the Global website. Send the information to secretary-general@iobc-global.org as follows:

  1. Name of course / training
  2. Institute / organization providing this course
  3. Course period and length of course in days
  4. Costs of course
  5. Entrance requirements

Biocontrol Training

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


Biocontrol Training and Financial Support

IOBC-Global may financially support participation of young career biological control scientists (< 35 years) who are paying member of one of the Regional Sections of IOBC, so they can take part in a training course. Applications for training courses with participation by young career biocontrol workers should be send to secretary-general@iobc-global.org who will inform you about guidelines and conditions for funding.

Writing Partnership

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

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

Get Support

IOBC Global is establishing a pool of volunteers to help review and edit these articles, especially for young scientists. The editing is not focused on scientific content, but rather on language use and clarity. Please contact the Secretary General if you are willing to volunteer.

Biopesticides Europe

Biopesticides Europe 2024,
5th - 6th June 2024,
Barcelona, Spain

Biopesticides Europe 2024,
5th - 6th June 2024,
Barcelona, Spain.

The two-day event will bring together industry leaders, researchers, innovators, and stakeholders from around the world and aims to explore the exciting advancements, challenges, and opportunities shaping the Biopesticide industry.

Conference Website

Plant BioProTech & IOBC-IR

Joint symposium of the Plant Bioprotech and the IOBC-WPRS WG &Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases& (IOBC-IR), June 17-20th, 2024 in Castellon de la Plana, Spain.

Plant BioProTech & IOBC-IR,
17-20 June 2024,
Castellon de la Plana, Spain.

The joint symposium will gather expert from both scientific and industry sector to exchange and build collaboration in the sector of agriculture and in particular, in the development, formulation and distribution of bioproducts (e.g.: elicitors, biocontrol agents, biostimulants).

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ICBC3

Third International Congress of Biological Control (ICBC3),24 - 27 June 2024San José, Costa Rica.

Third International Congress of Biological Control (ICBC3),
24 - 27 June 2024
San José, Costa Rica.

This congress is unique in serving as a meeting point for scientists and practitioners who are working on a wide breadth of biological control targets including insect pests, plant and animal diseases, weeds and invasive vertebrates.

Register now!

 

IMC12

12th International Mycological Congress (IMC12), 11-15 August 2024, Maastricht, Netherlands

 

12th International Mycological Congress (IMC12),
11-15 August 2024
Maastricht, Netherlands.

Biological control research will be presented and discussed at several sessions of this congress.
The main aims of the International Mycological Congress are to engage the youth, facilitate face-to-face meetings, and to organize hands-on workshops in mycology.

Register now!

27th ICE Congress 2024

27th ICE Congress 2024, International Congress of Entomology, 25-30 August 2024, Kyoto, Japan.

 

27th ICE Congress 2024, International Congress of Entomology,
25-30 August 2024
Kyoto, Japan.

Since the first conference was held in Brussels, Belgium in 1910, it has been held almost every four years. It has been decided that the 27th Congress in 2024 will be held at the Kyoto International Conference Center, sponsored by the Japan Insect Science Association.

Consider your Participation!

CBE 2024

XXIX Brazilian Congress of Entomology (CBE 2024), 22-26 September 2024, Uberlândia - MG, Brazil

 

XXIX Brazilian Congress of Entomology (CBE 2024),
22-26 September 2024
Uberlândia - MG, Brazil.

The CBE is the largest Brazilian Entomology event. It aims to provide a unique opportunity for coexistence, discussion, innovation, collaboration and exchange of experiences between scientific agents, industry, Brazilian society, Latin America and other parts of the world.

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BioControl

BioControl, latest issue

The Official Journal of IOBC
Latest Issue:
Volume 69, Issue 1, Feb. 2024, Table of Contents

IOBC-Global Newsletter

IOBC-Global Newsletter (latest issue)

Newsletter 114, Dec. 2023

Get the latest information about IOBC and enjoy reading!

Newsletter 114 (pdf)

Newsletter contributions, ideas, comments: Contact secretary-general@iobc-global.org

Advertise or Find Job Opportunities

Announcements of job opportunities

The IOBC-WPRS Regional Section offers the opportunity of drawing attention to biological control related job opportunities, internships, post-docs, studentships etc.: https://iobc-wprs.org/job-opportunities

IOBC-APRS Newsletter

IOBC-APRS Newsletter, issue 14, Aug. 2023

IOBC-APRS Newsletter No. 14 August 2023

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Opinion Article in "Trends in Ecology & Evolution"

Biological Control: Global Impacts, Challenges and Future Directions of Pest Management

Trait-based approaches to predicting biological control success: challenges and prospects
Editors: Michal Segoli, Paul K. Abram, Jacintha Ellers Gili Greenbaum, Ian C.W. Hardy, George E. Heimpel, Tamar Keasar, Paul J. Ode, Asaf Sadeh, Eric Wajnberg
OPINION| VOLUME 38, ISSUE 9, P802-811, SEPTEMBER 2023

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Book Announcement

Control Biológico en América Latina y el Caribe: Su rica historia y futuro brillante. Cover page of the book.

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.
Now available.

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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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