About the Centre for Biological Control, CBC

Last changed: 26 April 2019

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 and Alnarp. CBC is organizationally placed under the Department of Ecology 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 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

ChairmanTomas Roslin

Vice chairmanJohan Meijer

Other members of CBC's steering group:

Dan Funck Jensen

Sara Hallin

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.

Developing and deploying biological control and bio-pesticide solutions to fight biotic stresses to agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

Georg Goergen, IITA Benin

Half-day seminar on biological control in Alnarp

CBC presented its new operations group with a half-day seminar on biological control. CBC researchers presented their ongoing and future research
Read more about the seminar here.
See the whole seminar on CBC's Facebook page.

Half day seminar on biological control in crop protection: present challenges and future prospects

CBC held a symposium in honor of Dr Margareta Hökeberg who retired after a long and successful career as an internationally recognized expert in the use of bacteria in biological control.

Read more about the seminar here.

Investigating landscape configuration effects on natural enemies, pests, pollinators and their functions: pathways for ecosystem service prediction

Dr. Emily Poppenborg Martin from the University of Würzburgs, Germany.

Plant biotic interactions in maize agroecosystems

Dr. John Larsen, National Autonomous University of Mexico.
See the whole seminar on CBC's Facebook page.

The role of secondary endosymbionts on the persistence and control of populations of Sitobion avenae at the field level

Blas Lavandero, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas, Universidad de Talca, Chile

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

Dr. Cory Straub, Ursinus College, USA

Understanding mycoparasitism in the biocontrol agent Pythium oligandrum: Towards IPM in potato

Dr. Laura Grenville-Briggs, Department of Plant Protection Biology, SLU

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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