The Centre for Biological Control, CBC, has now published highlights of the activities during 2018.
CBC aim is to develop new knowledge concerning the use of living organisms to control pests and diseases. Biological control has a great potential to restrict the damage caused by harmful organisms like animals, plant pathogens and other pests in agriculture, forestry and horticulture.
In this report we present a popular science overview of CBC's activities in 2018.
– There is currently a big societal and public interest in new biological control approaches to combat pests and diseases. One driving factor is the implementation of IPM (Integrated Pest Management), where non-chemical control approaches and methods should take precedence, when available. I feel that CBC ́s output of strong science within new biological control organisms and methods not only helps to advance the research field, but also helps to fulfil societal goals related to the use of pesticides. Additionally, the many information and communication activities of CBC contribute to better public awareness in the area and to more informed, scientifically based, decisions of authorities, says Ingvar Sundh who was the Director of CBC in 2018.