EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 07 - 2006 Num. article: 2006/157

12th ISBCW International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds (La Grande Motte, FR, 2006-04-22/27)

The 12th International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds returns near to Montpellier (FR) after 34 years. However, biological control of weeds and invasive alien plants remains in its infancy in Europe, without a single release of a classical biological control agent.
The scope of this 12th symposium is to deal with all types of biological control of all weeds through the use of living organisms as biological control agents, including augmentative biocontrol (arthropods, mycoherbicides) and conservation of natural enemies. The increasing use of molecular and novel approaches in all aspects of weed biological control will also be embraced.
The proposed program topics are the following:
  • Ecology & modelling,
  • Evolutionary processes,
  • Benefit-risk-cost analyses,
  • Regulations & public awareness,
  • Target and agent selection,
  • Pre-release specificity & efficacy testing,
  • Post-release activities,
  • Management specifics,
  • Novel mpproaches,
  • Opportunities and constraints for biological control in Europe.

More information is available on the Symposium website.