Possible Session Themes for 2017 IOBC Meeting

1. The role of microbes in greenhouse production systems: From microbial controls to biostimulants, endophytes to endosymbionts. Capitalizing on the full value proposition presented by microbes and biopesticides

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: to be announced

2. Successful integration of biological controls into production systems: Making the most of positive interactions, minimizing disruptions, and capitalizing on non-consumptive effects of natural enemies.

Intraguild predation
Use with pesticides/microbials
Non-consumptive effects of natural enemies
Managing disruptions to biocontrol programs

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: to be announced

3. From the propagator to the end-user: Promoting use of biological control through the different stages of greenhouse crop production.

Pest management at propagation locations – changing practices to reduce challenges at the production greenhouse
Importation of exotic species on fruits to packing facilities
Include grower presentations – steps/keys to successful adoption of biocontrol

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: to be announced

4. Innovative strategies that enhance the cost-effectiveness, reliability and efficacy of biocontrol in greenhouse crops.

Selective breeding of natural enemies
Use of semio-chemicals/other techniques that modify insect behaviour to enhance biological control.
Behavioural manipulation of pests and natural enemies (push-pull, trap plants, mass trapping, training of natural enemies)
What can we learn from outdoor conservation biological control and other approaches?
Open rearing systems, food supplements, habitat management, etc.
Improved mass-rearing systems, methods of formulation/delivery
The role of plant breeding: making plants more attractive to beneficials

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: to be announced

5. Influence of environment on performance of natural enemies and other beneficial species.

Supplemental lighting effects on pests and NEs (incl. LEDs and HPS)
Effects of mesh/screening colours on insect behaviour/repellency, coatings, diffused glass
Overcoming diapause in beneficial species – pipe dream or possible?
Heat/cold effects

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: to be announced

6. New opportunities, new challenges: Opportunities to introduce new natural enemies, expand into new jurisdictions, and respond to new pests and regulations.

The practical to the regulatory (what makes a grower decide to adopt or not adopt biological control solutions; is it becoming more difficult to ‘register’ new NEs, how this limits grower and market access; barriers and solutions; how do commercial companies decide what to bring to market; challenging the current commercialization paradigm)
Omnivores in IPM
Problems with mass production and supply of existing NEs (QC, rearing)
What do commercial companies look for when deciding to commercialize (or not) a new natural enemy? Key traits/considerations – where does research need to focus to bring new NEs to market?
Societal and Social influences on biocontrol, including grower needs and demands, retailer influences (supermarkets), relations and the image of biological control.
How do we respond to new pests, or old pests that have become pests again!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: to be announced

7. Use of new technologies for delivery, diagnostic and monitoring purposes: Implications for biological control

Use of drones, imaging technology, etc. to detect pests and diseases.
Modelling to predict outbreaks, release/treatment strategies?
Detection of host-plant induced metabolites in response to pest feeding, microbial inoculants, discovery of new bioactive compounds
New delivery/application systems for biocontrol agents

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: to be announced

8. Use of biocontrol in medicinal and other new greenhouse crops

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: to be announced