Benefits and risks of exotic biological control agents

Keywords

Exotic natural enemies, invasive alien species

Convenor ROY Helen
Liaison-Officer DE CLERCQ Patrick

Structure

This group was founded at a meeting in Brussels in 2007 attended by some 35 researchers from 9 European countries and Russia.

Aim

The goal of the group is to offer a forum for exchange of information and to stimulate contacts and cooperation between scientists working in the field of benefits and risks of exotic biological control agents.

Specific Aims

  • To assess the characteristics of exotic natural enemies which are considered to be successful biological control agents

  • To assess the characteristics of exotic natural enemies introduced into a country as biological control agents which subsequently become invasive alien species

  • To highlight research areas requiring attention and develop strategies for supporting priority research

  • Ongoing development of guidelines on assessing environmental benefits and risks of releasing exotic biological control agents to increase cogency of decision making on classical biological control initiatives

Activities

Biennial WG meetings:

Achievements

The results of the working group's activities are published in bulletins:

 

From Biological Control to Invasion:   the Ladybird Harmonia axyridis as a Model Species

Special issue of BioControl (2008):
Roy, Helen E.; Wajnberg, Eric (Eds.)

From Biological Control to Invasion:
the Ladybird Harmonia axyridis as a Model Species

Dordrecht, Springer.

http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/entomology/
book/978-1-4020-6938-3

Invasive Alien Arthropod Predators and Parasitoids:   An Ecological Approach

Special issue of BioControl (2012):
Roy, H.; De Clercq, P.; Lawson Handley, L.-J.; Sloggett, J.J.; Poland, R.L.; Wajnberg, E. (Eds.)

Invasive Alien Arthropod Predators and Parasitoids:
An Ecological Approach

http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/ecology/
book/978-94-007-2708-3

 

The Experts:
IOBC-WPRS Working Group "Pesticides and Beneficial Organisms", Meeting 08.-10.11.2011, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
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