Building confidence in Beneficials

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

The theme of this year’s review was: “Building confidence in Beneficials.

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

Introduction – Sean Sparling, AICC Chair

Cultivations and soil health
Dick Godwin – 
Harper Adams University with Lucy Rockford, Simon Jeffery and Paula Misiewicz

Crops and cultivation 2: Grower perspective
Andy Barr –
A & A Barr Farms

Effect of different intensities of soil cultivation  on extended phenotypes and bio-control potential of Tenuiphantes tennis (Araneae)
Anna Harper
Myerscough College/NIAB

Successful application off biocontrol in outdoor horticultural crops
Michelle Fountain, Research Leader in Entomology, NIAB EMR

Cost-benefit of thresholds 
Mark Ramsden, Consultant, RSK ADAS

Conservation biocontrol in Oilseed rape
Sam Cook,
Senior Research Scientist, Rothamsted Research


Field margins
David George,
Business Manager, Entomology, Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC)

Linking Biodiversity and Profitable Farming
Introducing Hillesden and ASSIST
Richard Pywell, Science Area Lead, Sustainable Land Management, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)

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


Closing remarks – Sean Sparling, AICC Chair


For more information contact: Caroline Nicholls chairman -