Building confidence in Beneficials

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The 3rd BCPC Pests and Beneficials Annual Review will take place on  31 January 2018 at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts.

The theme of next year’s review will be: “Building confidence in Beneficials.
This is an invitation only event

Provisional Programme

9.30 Coffee and Registration

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

10.05 Introduction – Sean Sparling, AICC Chair

10.15 Crops and cultivation 1: Science perspective
David George,
 Director of Science, Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC)

10.45 Crops and cultivation 2: Grower perspective
Speaker to be confirmed

11.15 Refreshments

11.45 Panel discussion 1: cost-benefit and thresholds – Sean Sparling, AICC Chair
Mark Ramsden, Consultant, RSK ADAS
Michelle Fountain, Research Leader in Entomology, NIAB EMR
David George, Director of Science, Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC)
Additional panel member to be confirmed

12.45 Lunch

13.30 Landscape ecology
Richard Pywell, Science Area Lead, Sustainable Land Management, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)

14.00 Agri-environment schemes: pros and cons
Guy Smith, NFU Vice President

14.30 Panel discussion 2: Recommendations for the future – Sean Sparling, AICC Chair
Guy Smith, NFU Vice President
Richard Pywell, Science Area Lead, Sustainable Land Management, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
Sam Cook, Senior Research Scientist, Rothamsted Research
David George, Business Manager, Entomology, Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC)

15.15 Closing remarks – Sean Sparling, AICC Chair

15.30 Review closes

For more information contact: Caroline Nicholls chairman - caroline.nicholls@primeag.co.uk