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Centre for Biological Control (CBC)

We contribute to the development of new knowledge concerning the use of living organisms to control pests and diseases.

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About CBC

SLU runs the Centre for Biological Control (CBC), with a grant from the Swedish government. CBC conducts its own research and collaborate with other researchers in sustainable control strategies. A close cooperation with stakeholders, such as growers, industry, authorities and organisations is an important part of our activities. Contact us if you have any questions regarding activities in the centre, if you have an interest in research collaboration, assignments or evaluations!


  • 27 September 2023

    Margareta Hökeberg, pioneering researcher in biological control, has passed away

    A smiling woman by flowers indoors. Photo. Margareta Hökeberg has passed away after a period of illness, aged 70. Margareta had a long and successful career as an internationally recognized expert on the use of bacteria in biological control and was director of the SLU Center for Biological Control, CBC, from its inception in 2011 until 2018 when she retired.
  • 07 September 2023

    Cassandra investigates climate change impacts on pest control services

    A woman with plastic glasses in her hands walks across a field. Photo. Cassandra Vogel started her two-year post doc at SLU in May 2023. She will investigate how resilient natural enemies and their pest control services are to disturbances. The aim is to contributes to the knowledge necessary to design agricultural landscapes and management in such a way that conserves biodiversity and the services they provide to farmers.
  • 15 August 2023

    Ramesh wants to use biocontrol for more resilient agricultural systems

    Portrait photo of a man outdoors. Photo. Ramesh Vetukuri is the newest researcher at the SLU Centre of Biological Control, CBC. His specialty is novel and sustainable methodologies to enhance plant yield, while effectively managing disease outbreaks.

When it is biological control?

Researchers at the SLU Centre for Biological present an updated terminology and conceptual platform for biological control. The aim is to facilitate communication and legislation.


CBC contribute to the development of new knowledge concerning the use of living organisms to control pests and diseases. We are a competence driven actor in biological control, both nationally and internationally.

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CBC interacts with many external stakeholders in sustainable biocontrol methods, such as governmental stakeholders, the industry, stakeholder organisations and research institutes.

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CBC for students

We welcome students to do master projects at CBC. Check out our projects and contact a researcher involved in your area of interest!

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What is biological control?

Biological control has a great potential to restrict the damage caused by harmful organisms like animals, plant pathogens and other pests. Learn more here!

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Published: 01 August 2023 - Page editor: cajsa.lithell@slu.se

SLU Centre for Biological Control, CBC

Director Johan A. Stenberg

johan.stenberg@slu.se, 040 - 41 53 78
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 16, 230 53 Alnarp, Sweden