Benefits and Risks of Exotic Biological Control Agents

Keywords

Exotic natural enemies, invasive alien species

Convenor ROY Helen
Liaison-Officer STRAUSS Gudrun

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:

  • 2009: Engelberg, Switzerland
  • 2011: Hluboká, Czech Republic
  • 2015: Bornholm, Denmark
  • 12-14 September 2018: Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal - for more details visit http://exoticbca2015.wordpress.com

Achievements

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

 

Unravelling the ecology of an invasive ladybird, Harmonia axyridis: from populations to communities.

Special issue of BioControl (2017):
Brown, P.M.J.; Nedved, O.; Lawson Handley, L.-J.; De Clercq, P.; Roy, H.E. (Eds)

Unravelling the ecology of an invasive ladybird, Harmonia axyridis: from populations to communities.
BioControl 62(3)

https://link.springer.com/journal/10526/62/3/page/1

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

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

 

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