1 October 2014

Biorationals - an effective solution to current and future crop protection problems?

Organised by:

SCI's BioResources and Horticulture groups. Co-badged by Agri-Net

SCI, London

Registration Closed

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With contributions from a number of international experts the conference will introduce new approaches to the commercially viable and environmentally friendly use of biorationals in crop production - but much more than a list of new products.

Biorationals already offer considerable opportunities when they are used alone on protected crops and in organic crop production. There is however a much greater potential for their use as components of integrated control systems often in combination with conventional chemical crop protection agents.

Integrating the use of biorationals into crop protection programmes offers the opportunity to:

  • increase the spectrum of pests and diseases controlled including hard-to-kill species
  • make better use of established chemical crop protection agents in the absence of new replacement products coming forward
  • lower chemical residues in treated crops
  • reduce withholding periods
  • delay the onset of pesticide resistance

All leading to reduced chemical inputs, minimal environmental impact and cost effective control

SCI’s BioResources Group has established an unsurpassed reputation in bringing forward the benefits of science to industry and providing communication platforms for important changes in policies and practical applications. This conference expects to set a benchmark for the future of crop protection.

With notable speakers from North America and Europe the conference will be of particular value for those delegates involved in research and development related to crop protection, environmental issues and regulatory policies. It will be of benefit to both national and international delegates working with public and private sector organisations as well as independent consultants and communication specialists. Advisors, industrial and academic researchers, economists, consultants and regulators within the agrochemical and horticultural industries should attend.

Day 1

Registration and refreshments
Chairman's introduction - Bruce Knight
The future for biological control systems
Steve Lisansky, CPL Scientific, UK
The discovery and marketing of biorational pesticides
Richard GreatRex, Syngenta Syngenta Bioline Ltd, UK
Integration of natural systems into crop protection strategies
Tariq Butt, University of Swansea, UK
Biopesticides and IPM
Maureen Wakefield and Ian Cox, The Food and Environment Research Agency, UK
Lunch and posters
Chairman’s introduction
Leonard Copping
Registration and integration of biopesticides into pest management systems facilitated through the IR-4 project
Michael Braverman, The IR-4 Project, USA
Harnessing natural fungi for insect and mite control in stored grains
Martin Brown, Exosect, UK
Refreshment break
Microbial control agents: research, reliability and regulation
Roy Bateman, Imperial College London, UK
Opportunities for biorationals in integrated crop management and their registration
Patrice Marchand, ITAB Paris, France
Discussion and poster prizes
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Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square 

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


This event has been allocated 6 BASIS points.

Earlybird fees - before 1 September 2014
GB£80 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Member
GB£40 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Student
GB£50. . . . . . . . . . SCI Subsidised Member
GB£115 . . . . . . . . .Non Member

Standard fees - after 1 September 2014
GB£95 . . ... . . . . . .SCI Member
GB£50 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Student
GB£60. . . . . . . . . . SCI Subsidised Member
GB£135 . . . . . . . . .Non Member

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Additional Info
Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. Please email conferences@soci.org for further information and prices. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.