About CBC

Last changed: 31 October 2017

With a grant from the Swedish government, SLU runs the Centre for Biological Control (CBC), which, with a focus on pest control with living organisms, contributes to a sustainable use of biological resources. CBC is a competence driven actor in biological control, both nationally and internationally.

The centre is virtual with researchers located at different SLU departments in Uppsala. CBC is organizationally placed under the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences.

Examples of our activites:

  • Research on biological control in collaboration with national and international universities and research institutes
  • Organizing national and international conferences on plant protection and biological control
  • Participation in expert panels such as proposals for new national regulations, the EU Comission to define criteria for low risk plant protection products and members several EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) working groups.
  • Financing of pilot projects on biological control within SLU
  • A seminar serier on biological control with invited speakers

Steering group

Chairman: Johan Meijer

Vice chairman: Tomas Roslin

Other members of CBC's steering group:

Dan Funck Jensen

Johanna Boberg

Erland Liljeroth
Secretary: Pär Aronsson

CBC's seminar series

These are the past seminars that CBC has arranged in the seminar series on biological control.

Non-target effects and the efficacy of host plant resistance against potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae

Dr. Cory Straub, Ursinus College, USA

Natural habitats improve yields: how landscape complexity can increase yield through arthropod-mediated ecosystem services

Dr. Katja Poveda, Cornell University, USA

Cirsium arvense - economic impact and potential biological control of a European plant in New Zealand

Dr. Graeme Bourdot, AgResearch, New Zeeland

Quantifying the Value of Urban Vacant Land for Conservation and Ecosystem Services

Dr. Mary Gardiner, Ohio State University, USA

Crops for tomorrow: opportunities and challenges with microbial application

Dr. Marc Ongena, Liège Universitet, Belgium

Bacillus thuringiensis – the most successful microbial pest control agent. Ecology and potential risks associated to its use

Dr. Niels Bohse Hendriksen, Aarhus University, Denmark

Harmonizing biodiversity conservation and agricultural production across tropical countryside

Dr. Daniel Karp, University of California, USA

Environment-friendly Disinfection Method for Rice Seed Using Steam Condensation Heat

Dr. Takahiro Noda, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Saitama, Japan

Spatial and trophic interactions of arthropod generalist predators in conservation biological control

Dr. Klaus Birkhofer, Lund university

Biocontrol of plant pest, disease and weeds at the Bio-Protection Research Centre in New Zealand

Professor Travis Glare, Director of the Bioprotection Research Centre, Lincoln University, New Zeeland

Identification of resource bottlenecks in agro-ecosystems and quantifying their impact on biological pest control

Dr. Mark Ramsden, University of Lancaster, UK

Microbial Products beyond the lab, technology transfer to industry

David Wright, AgReasearch, Lincoln, New Zealand.

The role of applied sciences in sustainable farm intensification in Africa: push-pull technology as an example

Dr. Charles Midega, ICIPE – African Insect Science for Food and Health


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