Benefits and Risks of Exotic Biological Control Agents

Structure

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

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:

  1. 2009: Engelberg, Switzerland
  2. 2011: Hlubok√°, Czech Republic
  3. 2015: Bornholm, Denmark
  4. 2018: Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal

Achievements

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

BioControl - Official journal of IOBC

Unravelling the Ecology of an Invasive Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis: From Populations to Communities

Special issue of BioControl (2017): BioControl 62(3) Brown, P.M.J.; Nedved, O.; Lawson Handley, L.-J.; De Clercq, P.; Roy, H.E. (Eds.)

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.)

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

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

Keywords

exotic natural enemies, invasive alien species

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