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Dear IOBC Members and Colleagues,

We kindly invite you to participate in the 16th meeting of the IOBC-WPRS Working Group Microbial and Nematode Control of Invertebrate Pests, to be held at the Agricultural University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia, from 11 to 15 June 2017.


The general topics of this meeting will cover all aspects of biological control of invertebrates, including insects, arachnids, and nematodes, by using biological control agents (BCAs), such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, nematodes and other invertebrate pathogens. The meeting will have a special focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and the use of Microbial Control Agents (MCAs). According to EU policies as well as the world wide endeavor to reduce the risks and application of chemical pesticides, alternatives, such as MCA, play a more and more important role in agricultural, horticultural and forestry practice. Most microbial agents may qualify as low-risk, a new class of plant protection products in the EU legislation, which are favored in the registration process of plant protection product. Thus, MCAs are facing new opportunities and new challenges.


The meeting will include invited and contributed papers, as well as poster, discussion sessions and workshops to encourage communication between entomologists, invertebrate pathologists, and experts of other disciplines on the biocontrol of insects. Following IOBC tradition will offer an exciting scientific and social program.



We are looking forward to welcoming you in Tbilisi!



Medea Burjanadze,
Chair Local Organizing
Johannes Jehle,
Convenor of the WG Microbial and Nematode Control of Invertebrate Pests