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Centre for Biological Control, CBC

The Centre for Biological Control, CBC, contributes to the development of new knowledge concerning the use of living organisms to control pests and diseases. CBC is a competence driven actor in biological control, both nationally and internationally.

There are 40 pages tagged with Centre for biological control (CBC):

A visit from Italy to develop new biocontrol agents

Associate Professor Vittoria Catara from the University of Catania in Italy is visiting Campus Alnarp for two weeks. The aim of the visit is to investigate interactions between microbes to develop

Intensive agriculture results in less reliable weed control from seed eaters

To increase crop productivity, agriculture relies on intensive use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. In a new study, researchers show that with intensive agriculture, there is a risk of losing

Are pests adapting to the push-pull system?

Ecologically intensified farms in Kenya, where biodiversity is carefully managed, maintain successful pest control over time. That is the result of a research study published in 2023. The idea of

Small RNAs – the future of plant protection?

Small RNAs are common in fungi, including fungi that can be used as biocontrol agents in agriculture, horticulture, and forestry. In a new review, SLU scientists highlights the diverse function of

Chemical communication between plants, microbes and insects

Insect pests use chemical signals (semiochemicals) to find food, hosts and mates. Accordingly, chemical communication can be used as a target for pest control. The application of semiochemicals

Root and butt rot

The fungus Heterobasidion annosum is the most destructive pathogen in boreal and temperate conifer forests of the northern hemisphere. In Sweden, as much as 15% of Norway spruce trees present

SLU Centre for Biological Control's annual report 2023

“Year after year we see that biocontrol innovations provide better and better crop protection, in many cases matching or even surpassing chemical pesticides”, says Johan Stenberg, the Director of the

Bark beetles can’t hide from their natural enemies

Flies from the genera Medetera can sense and find the bark beetle Ips typographus that is a severe insect pest on Norway spruce. A synthetic blend of the compunds that the flies react to can

Goal for the future: Fields buzzing with insects

A wide variety of beneficial insects live in and on the soil of arable fields. Together they form a network of helpers that promote crop growth. In her thesis at the Swedish University of

Ramesh Vetukuri receives supervision excellency award

Ramesh Vetukuri received the Best Supervisor Award 2023 from the Faculty of landscape architecture, horticulture and crop production sciences. Part of the motivation was that Ramesh has a very

How does tillage affect weed regulation by seed eaters?

Carabid beetles are a group of beetles that eat weed seeds. In a new study, the abundance of carabid beetles has been shown to be correlated to weed seed regulation in directly seeded fields without

Lunch seminar SLU Plant Protection Network with Eirini Lamprini Daouti

katja.fedrowitz@slu.se Eirini Lamprini Daouti, Department of Crop Production Ecology;, gives a lunch seminar with the title "Effects of tillage on weed regulation by carabid beetles". This seminar