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?’

Details of the 3rd Pests and Beneficials Review, held in January 2018, can be found here

This is an invitee only event

Provisional Programme

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 – Thomas Bradshaw – Chair

10.15 How will government policy support successful IPM?
Ian Boyd –
 Defra Chief Scientific Adviser

10.45 The place of plant breeding in IPM and techniques available
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 Breeding for resistance to aphids in wheat
Gia Aradottir, Researcher, Biointeractions and Crop Protection, Rothamsted Research

12.00 Physiological tolerance – how does this interact with yield?
Steve Ellis, Consultant, ADAS


12.50 Lunch and posters

13.35 Plant Breeder to cover cereals and OSR. Horizon scanning, prioritisation of issues, influence of RL.
Phil Howell, NIAB

13.55 Recommended List perspective. Are they out of date? Is it still only about yield?
Jenna Watts, 
AHDB Recommended Lists for Cereals and Oilseed Rape Manager

14.15 Agronomist perspective
Patrick Stevenson, AICC


14.55 Closing remarks and farmer perspective 
 Thomas Bradshaw – Chair

15.15 Review close