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'Cooperation with industry is paramount’

If you really want to make a difference as a researcher in the field of integrated pest management and biological control, you need to co-operate in an early stage with all actors in the chain,...

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Bacteria determine defense around rape seeds

The composition of the bacterial community around rape seeds strongly affects the vulnerability of the plant to pathogens. That is shown by research of dr. Daria Rybakova, of the BIOCOMES-partner...

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Breeding nematodes for better endurance

The nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora may be bred and selected, for a better resistance against environmental stress and longer shelf life. That is the conclusion of a lab study by...

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A biological control agent to control brown rot

One of the BIOCOMES objectives is to develop a control product to control brown rot on stone fruit.

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‘Integrated Pest Management may take a mind shift’

Says: Samuel Stüssi, department manager and consultant at Andermatt Biocontrol, Switzerland ‘In traditional, synthetic pest management, farmers and product specialists are used to thinking in...

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BIOCOMES presents its final results to international biocontrol industry in Basel

At the end of October BIOCOMES will present its final results after four years of research at the ABIM meeting in Basel, Switzerland. Coordinator Jürgen Köhl  together with project partners will...

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A stepping stone to a career in biocontrol

Within the different BIOCOMES work packages, many young scientists are working on finding and improving biological control agents. Who are they, and what does the cooperation within...

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A biological control agent to control gypsy moth part 2

The gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) is one of the insect species which causes significant economic damage to forests and orchards. It is a polyphagous insect that feeds on hundreds species of trees,...

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Tailwind for biological control

The European Parliament unanimously accepted a proposal to speed up market registration of products for biological control of pests, that have a low environmental impact. Almost at the same time,...

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A biological control agent to control cabbage moth

One of the BIOCOMES objectives is to develop a biological control product for control of cabbage moth. The cabbage moth Mamestra brassicae is among the most damaging pests in cabbage...

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Biological control and the food production of the future in Sweden

Mariann Wikström from the Agro Plantarum was invited by the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences to talk about the BIOCOMES project during their theme day: biological control and the food...

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‘It’s time to revise legislation on biocontrol agents’

There is one important sentiment that all producers of biocontrol agents, big or small, have in common: they complain about legislation on product registration in the EU. ‘And they have a very...

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How to develop biological control products?

BIOCOMES partners are organizing a 3-day workshop on how to successfully develop biological control products. The workshop will take place from 17 – 19 January at

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Interesting publication about BIOCOMES

Horizon, the EU magazine about research and innovation published a very nice interview with BIOCOMES coordinator Jürgen Köhl about our project.

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Workshop on the Development of biological control products

BIOCOMES is organizing a workshop for PhD students and young scientists working in the field of biological control on 17-19 January 2017.

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Find out which aphid you have in your fruit orchard with the BIOCOMES Aphid Identification Guide

In the BIOCOMES project we have developed a unique tool that helps fruit growers and researchers to identify aphids in fruit tree crops. In the Aphid Identification Guide you can identify different...

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SlideShare: Promising fungal antagonists tested against powdery mildew

In the BIOCOMES project we are working on a sustainable biocontrol agent against powdery mildew.

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‘Biologicals clearly are the future tools for pest and disease control in agriculture’

The history of Andermatt Biocontrol goes back more than 25 years, when dr. Martin Andermatt and his wife dr. Isabelle Andermatt started producing baculoviruses in 1988, to control various moths in...

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The quest for a ‘super nematode’

Among the many nematodes that exist in the wild, there are several that are able to attack beetles of the genus Diabrotica.

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‘Biologicals ask for a change in legislation’

Opennatur is a Spain-based company, commercialising, among other products, synthetic pheromones that attract pest insects in fruits, vegetables and also in forestry. ‘Within the...

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Control of aphids with parasitoids

Aphids are among the most troublesome and widespread pests in fruit tree orchards. BIOCOMES researchers are looking for effective parasitoids with a good production potential for mass rearing. We...

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‘Biocomes enabled us to step outside the greenhouse’

The core business of the Belgian company Viridaxis is the production of parasitic wasps that attack aphids in crops. ‘Up until today, our products can be used in various protected crops, such as...

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International workshop on Monilinia

BIOCOMES partners IRTA and INIA are organizing an international workshop on Monilinia on 25 and 26 November 2015.

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Smart treatments for healthy plants

On the 15th of July, we presented our work at the EU pavilion at the Expo in Milan. At the event: ‘Health Checks and Smart Treatments for our Plants’ organized by the European Commission, we...

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‘We need to enhance the reliability and visibility of biologicals’

‘Sustainable farming is one of societies’ challenges’, Managing Director Dr. Peter Lüth of Bayer CropScience Biologics GmbH says, ‘and biological pest control contributes to that...

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BIOCOMES on Expo Milan 2015

BIOCOMES has been invited by the European Commission (EC) to present the project at the Expo 2015, during the, day about “Health Checks and Smart Treatments for Our Plants”, organized by the...

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Biopesticides require a complete new way of thinking

Things have gone quickly for Biogard, technical director Massimo Benuzzi recalls. ‘Until recently, we were a relatively small player in the market for biological pest control. In 2012 we became...

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Soil samples collected in Sweden for biocontrol experiments against Brassica diseases

In February, BIOCOMES partner Agro Plantarum has collected soil for greenhouse trials. The soil will be used to test the antagonistic effects of two bacterial strains on Verticillium wilt disease...

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On the road to eleven biocontrol agents

The European Union has for the coming years committed itself to Integrated Pest Management as strategy to control pests and diseases with the least possible use of synthetic products.

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One year of BIOCOMES research: first results available

In the upcoming weeks, the results of almost every pest, disease and technology will be published.

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Rearing parasitoids to control cabbage moth

In the BIOCOMES project we will develop a novel Biological Control Agent (BCA) based on the egg parasitoid Telenomus sp. to control the cabbage moth Mamestra brassicae, one of the major cabbage...

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Wageningen UR is looking for a microbial ecologist

Wageningen UR is looking for an ambitious scientist with an academic education in microbial ecology. Working on biological control in the BIOCOMES project will be a part of the job!

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First BCA candidates for Powdery mildew isolated

In the Netherlands, scientists of BIOCOMES started with the isolation and selection of fungi for the development of a new biological control product to control Powdery mildew.

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Serratia bacteria tested on brassicas for biocontrol and growth promoting qualities

At this moment we are testing the Serratia plymuthica bacteria on cauliflower and oilseed rape seedlings for their biocontrol and plant growth promoting qualities.

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Prezi presentation about biological control available

A Prezi presentation about ‘What is biological control?’ has been added to the BIOCOMES website. The presentation is based on the infographic ‘What is biological control?’ and developed in...

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Boosting the development of new crop protection products for agriculture and forestry

There are several reasons why biological control is not yet widespread. One of the reasons is the generally low price of chemical pesticides. ‘We currently have difficulty competing with other...

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BIOCOMES: new biological control products for farmers and foresters

The new EU project BIOCOMES offers farmers and foresters the prospect of having at least eleven new biological control products at their disposal. The biological control products are designed to...

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