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