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
Dick Godwin – 
Harper Adams University

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

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

11.15 Refreshments

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

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

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

12.30 Discussion

13.00 Lunch

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

14.05 ASSIST / Willesden / pollinators
Richard Pywell, Science Area Lead, Sustainable Land Management, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)

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

14.45 Discussion

15.15 Closing remarks – Sean Sparling, AICC Chair

15.25r Review closes

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