Achievements in 2017

The programme on Ecological Intensification by using managed pollinators, understanding of the diversity of wild pollinators, coupled with dissemination of biological control agents against crop diseases and pests has progressed exceedingly well. The projects in Mexico, Brazil, Kenya, Serbia, USA and Canada were continued (read more).

Expertise derived from the IUBS sponsored experiments is being shared internationally in North, South and Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia on the pollination/protection systems on the crops mentioned above. To facilitate progress, passive dispensers and an alternative diluent/carrier powder (to BVT Inc.’s Vectorite ®) recipe have been provided by the Arthur Hobbs Institute (ADI) to partners for continuing and comparative experiments.  The electro-mechanical dispenser for honeybee hives (BVT Inc.) seems to have encountered technical difficulties.  Prototypes may be available to the IUBS programme in 2018.

Overall, the programme has received positive responses. The IUBS Programme has exceeded expectations as seed-funding and has resulted in extra-mural national grants about 9X the IUBS/ADI grant to ADI’s partners in Kenya, Colombia, Canada and Mexico and 1.4X the IUBS/ADI grant in value handled directly by ADI.

Publications and presentations at meetings with participants ranging from the public and growers, to policy makers, to extension and scientific bodies continue to expand the technology transfer.

Partnerships with academic and research organisations (e.g. academic and government research and with International Organization for Biological Control, IOBC, and International Commission for Plant-bee/Pollinator Relationships, ICPPR) are growing and industry support, especially BVT Inc. and with growers, is increasing. 

Publications

Kevan PG and L Shipp (2017): Biological Control as Biotechnological Amelioration and Ecosystem Intensification in Managed Ecosystems. Elsevier Modules in Life Sciences. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.09246-3

Kevan, P G (2017): A New Joint Study/Working Group (WG) for IOBC and ICPPR - Using Managed Pollinators to Disseminate Biological Control Agents & Natural Products for Crop Protection and Pollination. IOBC Newsletter (International Organisation for Biological Control) Issue 101 (June 2017) pp. 9-11.

Conferences and Workshops

Event

Round table: Organic beekeeping

Round table: Organsko p?elarstvo danas i kako dalje (Organic beekeeping today and what to do next), EDUCONS University, Sremska Kamenica, Serbia, 22nd December 2017.