Dr Kuhlmann courtesty of Jiantai Zhang

CABI scientists have shared their expertise on biological control methods to tackle a range of agricultural pests and diseases that threaten global food security at the First International Congress of Biological Control held in Beijing, China.

The three-day event, which ran from 14 to 16 May 2018, was sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) and the China Society of Plant Protection (CSPP), and brought together scientists from around the world to highlight their expertise on themes including ‘Evolution and genetics in biological control’ and ‘Biological control as a means of preserving biodiversity.’ The congress aims to be interdisciplinary bringing together various different biocontrol disciplines (weeds, pathogens and insects) using different approaches (classical, augmentative and conservation).

Among the CABI scientists who spoke at the congress, held at the Friendship Hotel and CAAS, were Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, Executive Director, Global Operations, who presented on the ‘Contribution of extension service to the uptake of biological control solutions and the development of a digital tool to further enhance awareness and uptake.’

Dr Hariet Hinz, Country Director and Head Weed Biological Control, gave a presentation entitled ‘Contribution of weed biocontrol to restoration efforts in natural areas.’

Dr Hariet Hinz also co-organized with Dr Kuhlmann sessions on ‘Biological control as a means of preserving biodiversity’ and ‘Current status and update of biological control in the Belt and Road countries.’

Other CABI scientists that also shared their expertise were Dr Stefan Toepfer, Research Scientist Arthropod Biological Control, who spoke about the current status of biological control in Hungary as well as the detection, eradication, containment and biological control of the high-risk alien western corn rootworm in East Asia.

Meanwhile, Dirk Babendreier, Integrated Crop Management Advisor, presented an abstract – which was also worked on by Dr Tim Haye, Head Arthropod Biological Control and Judith Stahl – entitled ‘Non-target effects of the parasitoid Anastatus bifasciatus, a potential biocontrol agent of the brown marmorated stink bug.’

Additional information


Qian-Qian Mi1,2,3, Jin-Ping Zhang2,4 ,Dun-Song Li1,3, Feng Zhang2,4*, Evaluation of two egg parasitoids in controlling Halyomorpha halys, The first international congress of biological contral, 14~16 May 2018. Beijing, China

Jin-Ping Zhang1,2, Marc Kenis3, Tim Haye3, Pierre Girod3, Chun Xiao4, Guo-Hua Chen4, Wen-Xia Dong4, Ju-Hong Chen1, Feng Zhang1, 2*, Damage on blueberry and larval parasitoids of Drosophila suzukii in China. The first international congress of biological contral, 14~16 May 2018. Beijing, China

Additional presentation

Jin-Ping Zhang*, Feng Zhang, Tim Haye, Yong-Zhi Zhong, Hai-Xia Zhan, Qian-Qian Mi. Phenology and impact of egg parasitoids on Halyomorpha halys in fruit orchards: a multi-year survey in northern China. The first international congress of biological contral, 14~16 May 2018. Beijing, China

Learn more about CABI’s work to find a biological control of the brown marmorated stink bug from the project page here.

Read more about how Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann unveiled the Biopesticides Portal prototype at the Biocontrol Africa conference in this news story here.

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