Classical Weed Biological Control (CWBC)

 

The IOBC-Global Study Group on Classical Weed Biological Control was formed during the 15th International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds (ISBCW) in Engelberg, Switzerland in August 2018. During the subsequent ISBCW in Argentina, the group had its first official meeting and can now call itself a Global Working Group.

Current co-convenors include

  • Hariet L. Hinz (chair), CABI Switzerland
  • Chris Borkent, California Department of Food and Agriculture, USA
  • Angela Bownes Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, New Zealand
  • Guillermo Cabrera Walsh, FuEDEI, Argentina
  • Jason Callandar, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Australia
  • David Ensing, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Iain Paterson, Rhodes University, Centre for Biological Control, South Africa
  • Michelle Rafter, CSIRO, Australia
  • Melissa Smith, USDA-ARS, USA

This composition is different to other IOBC-Global Working Groups, which usually have one convenor and potentially a deputy convenor. However, we felt that each of the countries or regions particularly active in classical weed biocontrol should be represented.

The group has three main objectives:

  1. Support activities in between ISBCW meetings
    We are planning to organize webinars, likely 1-2 times per year, to discuss weed biocontrol related subjects in between the 4-yearly Symposia. These could for instance cover specific technical aspects and new methods or could be much broader with the aim of giving an overview of the current status and/or challenges in specific regions or countries.
  2. Develop an attractive and useful website
    We are currently developing an interactive global map which will depict biocontrol facilities and institutions to increase awareness outside of the biocontrol community, and facilitate collaboration among biocontrol scientists and practitioners. Users will be able to click on institution points to get brief information about the facility, their main research aims, and generic contact information. Once up and running the website could be extended to include other information, such as recent biocontrol releases, job announcements or upcoming meetings.
  3. Support updates and maintenance of the 'World Catalogue of Agents and Their Weeds'
    We believe everybody agrees that the catalogue is an essential and powerful resource for the global biocontrol community. Keeping it up to date is the pre-requisite for its usefulness. The last update and current maintenance has mainly been supported by the U.S. Forest Service and by ibiocontrol (University of Georgia, USA), which is hosting the online version of the catalogue. To increase ownership and spread the financial risk of future updates, we are looking at ways to access end-year funding from organisations, grants, and individual contributions.

 

Group Photo: Participants of the XVI International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds in 2023 in Puerto Iguazú, Argentina

Participants of the XVI International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds in 2023 in Puerto Iguazú, Argentina, where the first official meeting of the Global Working Group on Classical Weed Biological Control took place.

Contacts Worldwide


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Are you interested in undertaking weed biological control?

"A World Catalogue of Agents and Their Weeds" can be accessed through the following link: https://www.ibiocontrol.org/catalog/index.cfm
Please note, all weed biological control activity is, and needs to be, done in strict compliance with the policies and regulations specific to each country. This enables this applied scientific activity to be undertaken in a responsible manner that considers the risks, costs and benefits of release of classical biological control agents into any country. If you are unsure of this process, please contact the convenors of this Study/Working Group.

International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds

Since 1969, an International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds (ISBCW) has been held every 3-4 years. The Proceedings of ISBCW can be accessed through the following links
Volume I - Published 1969 (1st ISBCW; Delemont, Switzerland)
Volume II - Published 1971 (2nd ISBCW; Rome, Italy)
Volume III - Published 1973 (3rd ISBCW; Montpellier, France)
Volume IV - Published 1973 (4th ISBCW; Gainesville, Florida, USA)
Volume V - Published 1980 (5th ISBCW; Brisbane, Australia)
Volume VI - Published 1984 (6th ISBCW; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Volume VII - Published 1988 (7th ISBCW; Rome, Italy)
Volume VIII - Published 1992 (8th ISBCW; Canterbury, New Zealand)
Volume IX - Published 1996 (9th ISBCW; Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Volume X - Published 1999 (10th ISBCW; Bozeman, Montana, USA)
Volume XI - Published 2003 (11th ISBCW; Canberra, Australia)
Volume XII - Published 2007 (12th ISBCW; Montpellier, France)
Volume XIII - Published 2013 (13th ISBCW; Hawaii, USA)
Volume XIV - Published 2014 (14th ISBCW; Kruger National Park, South Africa)
Volume XV - Published 2019 (15th ISBCW; Engelberg, Switzerland)
Volume XVI - Published 2023 (16th ISBCW; Iguazu, Argentina)

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


 

Group Photo: Participants of the International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds 2023 in Iguazu, Argentina.

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