4th BCPC Pests & Beneficials Review – Rothamsted


The 2019 BCPC Pests & Beneficials Review will take place on Wednesday 30 January 2019 at Rothamsted Research.

Theme – Breeding to boost IPM – Can we rise to the Pest Control Challenge?

‘Increasing insecticide resistance and fewer actives are something with which we are all too familiar. In addition, cultural control is more difficult because changing weather patterns are impacting the timing of migrations and life cycles of pests. Can we better equip our crops by improving their natural defences to manage pest problems?’

This is an invitee only event

4 BASIS points and 4 NRoSo points can be obtained for attending this event.

A copy of the programme and abstracts of the speakers presentations can be found here


09.30 Registration and refreshments

10.00 Welcome
Caroline Nicholls, BCPC Pest & Beneficials Expert Working Group Chairman
Technical Manager, Prime Agriculture LLP

10.05 Introduction – Chair – Thomas Bradshaw – NFU Combinable Crops Board Chairman

10.15 Strategy and the future of pest management
Ian Boyd –
 Defra Chief Scientific Adviser

10.45 Plant breeding for insect resistance and new breeding approaches
Rachel Wells – 

11.05 A novel pre-breeding strategy to reduce dependence on insecticides for virus yellows control in sugar beet
Lucy James 

11.25 Refreshments

11.40 Aphid resistant wheat: is it probable or even possible?
Gia Aradottir, Researcher, Biointeractions and Crop Protection, Rothamsted Research

12.00 Crop tolerante as a component of IPM
Steve Ellis, Consultant, ADAS


12.50 Lunch and posters

13.35 Horizon scanning and overview from a  crop breeding perspective.
Phil Howell, NIAB

13.55 Recommended Lists. Looking beyond headline yields.
Jenna Watts, 
AHDB Recommended Lists for Cereals and Oilseed Rape Manager

14.15 Living with IPM as an Independent agronomist
Patrick Stevenson, AICC


14.55 Closing remarks and farmer perspective 
 Thomas Bradshaw – Chair

15.15 Review close