Post Conference Summary

The Biopesticides conference was a huge success with a total of 195 delegates attending over the 3 day period. Delegates attended the event from all around the world from a total of 25 different countries such as Norway, USA, Germany, Egypt, Croatia, Brazil and many more. There were in total 50 presentations given over eight sessions covering a variety of topics. The exhibition, poster and networking afternoon was an amazing occasion for delegates to meet and talk with one another whilst in a relaxed environment. We have received some excellent feedback from many of the attendees, some of which can be read on here.

There was an opportunity on the Tuesday evening to attend a beautiful banquet dinner where you were greeted by Delyth playing the harp and a Ceilidh band played after the three course dinner, giving the delegates a chance to relax and unwind.‌ 


Biopesticides include microbial (fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes and microsporidia) biological control agents (BCAs), extracts of plants and other organisms, and behaviour modifying chemicals (semiochemicals) such as pheromones.  They are widely used for controlling insects, mites, plant parasitic nematodes and disease-causing pathogens.  Increasing demand for residue-free crop protection products, which have little or no negative impact on human health and the environment are some of the key drivers of the biopesticides market. The global agricultural biologicals market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 14.6% from 2014 to 2019. Although the mature markets (such as the US, Spain, and Italy) hold larger shares in the agricultural biologicals market, the European region is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 15.2% during the forecast period, 2014 to 2019. The Asia-Pacific region is estimated to grow at the second-fastest CAGR of 14.7% from 2014 to 2019.

This meeting focused on the advances made in the development of biopesticides for pest control. Particular attention is given to innovative technologies and strategies which enhance biopesticide efficacy and competitiveness. The new products and strategies will become a common feature of future pest control programmes. The meeting will also examine new tools and methods developed to accelerate discovery of new biopesticides and for quality assurance. Many of the products developed for pests within one sector are proving effective in other sectors. Therefore, the meeting will benefit stakeholders (researchers, growers, industry, government agencies) from the disparate sectors (forestry, agriculture, horticulture, human health, livestock production).


Please follow this link to view a list of the Posters displayed at the Biopesticides Conference and their abstracts: Poster Abstracts

Speaker Presentations

To view each presentation please click on the speakers name

Monday 7th September

Session 1

Dr Willem Ravensberg - Crop protection in 2030: towards a natural, efficient, safe and sustainable approach          

Dr Diana Leemon - Fungal Bio-control for Livestock Ectoparasites: Opportunities, Progress and Challenges

Dr Alia Zayed - Biological control of sandflies: challenges and lessons learned

Dr Michelle Powell - Exploiting spider venom peptides for the development of biopesticides

Prof Steve Arthurs - Commercialization of granuloviruses for control of codling moth in the Pacific Northwest of the United States

Session 2

Prof David Hall - Insect pheromones: not so specific after all?

Dr Owen Jones - New Opportunities in the Application of Semiochemicals in Pest Management

Dr Alison Blackwell - Midge Watch: Integration of Semiochemicals into Culicoides Surveilllance and Management

Dr Diana Leemon - Semiochemical control for management and monitoring of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida)

Dr Gunda Thoming - Host Fragrances for pest control - possibilities and limitiations

Dr Maureen Wakefield - From identification to commercialisation: the development of a biopesticide for control of stored product insect pests

Martyn Wood & Abeer M.Alkhaibari - New formulations present new pathways for the control of the dengue vector, Aedes aegypti

Dr Claudio Altomare  - Trichoderma-New job opportunities for an old guy:unexpected and less-known biocontrol talents of Trichoderma spp.

Emmanuel Benjamin - The economics and environmental benefits of biological control of Western Corn Rootworm Diabrotica virgifera virgifera and Wireworms Agriotes spp. in maize and potatoes for selected countries in Europe

Speaker Presentations

Session 3

Prof Anant Patel - Formulation strategies for biological control agents

Dr Ralf Tilcher - Application of microbials to seeds – experiences and demands from a seed company

Dr Belinda Luke - Improved formulation methods by freeze drying entomopathogenic fungi?

Dr. Desiree Jakobs-Schönwandt – Endophytic entomopathogenic fungi for biological crop protection: novel integrated fermentation and formulation strategies

Dr Margareta Hokeberg - Biological seed treatment for plant disease control and growth promotion

Dr Archie Murchie - Not-so-repellent: anomalous result with biting midges

John Edmonds  - Developing encapsulated terpenes for preventing and combating diseases and pests in agriculture

Tuesday 8th September

Session 4

Prof Stefan Vidal - Making more out of a bit: combining different agents to generate synergistics effects in an "attract and kill" strategy

Dr Nayem Hassan - Semiochemical based innovative solutions for fruit fly control: an evaluation of attract and kill systems in combination with entomopathogenic fungi

Richard Massy - Using botanical fumigants to control sciarid flies

Dr Owen Jones - A novel Insecticidal soap for the control of soft bodied insect pests

Dr Miriam Hanitzsch - Encapsulation of Metarhzium brunneum to implement an attract and kill strategy within the EU project INBIOSOIL

Dr Alper Altinok - Identification of entomopathogenic fungi to control Sphaeralecanium prunastri, a major pest of plum in Turkey

Speaker Presentations

Session 5

Ian HolmesHorizon 2020 funding for "Pesticide" projects

Dean Cook - Innovate UK future strategy for Agri-Food; opportunities for biopesticide development?

Aurora Pinas-Fernandez (KTN) – Funding in Bioscience Sector

Baudewijn Morgan - European Funding opportunities in Wales

Joe Martin - AHDB funding

Dr Anne Priest - NERC Innovation Opportunities

Wednesday 9th September

Session 6

Dr Hermann StrasserBiological control of soil dwelling pests in the Alpine countries: From experience to knowledge

Professor Enrique Quesada Moraga - Field application of Metarhizium brunneum (Metsch.) Sorok. (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae) for the control of olive fruit fly Bactrocera oleae (Diptera; Tephritidae)

Professor Steve Arthurs - Microbial control of thrips, scales and psyllids on ornamental plants

Dr Michael Brownbridge - Integration of Biopesticides into Greenhouse Production Systems and Beyond

Dr Giselher Grabenweger  - Is there a chance to control wireworms with entomopathogenic fungi?

Dr Inmacculada Garrido-Jurado – The entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium brunneum secrets active compounds toward Rhynchophorus ferrugineus larvae and adults

Prof. Hassan Alayied - Red Date palm Weevl Rhynchophorus ferrugineus overview about control strategies and new research developments

Dr Vadim Kuryov – Use of natural products to enhance the efficacy of microbial biocontrol agents.

Speaker Presentations

Session 7

David Cary - The registration process – the issues and roles and responsibilities for the various stakeholders

Dr Jacqueline ScheepmakerDevelopments in risk assessment microbial pest control agents (MPCA’s)

Professor Jorgen Eilenberg  – Non target studies: interactions at several trophic layers and how to simplify the protocol

Dr Juerg Enkerli  - Assessing effects of fungal biological control agents on non-target microorganisms in soil

Dr Inmacculada Garrido-Jurado - Toxicity testing of Metarhizium conidia and toxins against aquatic invertebrates

Session 8

Professor Hugh Evans – Global trade, tree host availability and climate change: A ‘Perfect Storm’ for successful forest pest invasion

Professor Neil BoonhamNew approaches for the early detection of tree health pests and pathogens

Dr Georgette Kluiters – Future threats from arthropod vectors of disease

Dr Milan PernekBeaveria bassiana as an effective natural biopesticide against Dendrolimus pini – Are there possibilities for the quarantine pest Dendrolimus sibiricus suppression?

Dr Roma Gwynn - The potential for biopesticides

Event Co-organisers

EEN Enterprise Europe Network

Horizon 2020, The EU Framework Programme for Research & Innovation