BCPC VIRTUAL Pests and Beneficials Review 2021


The 6th Pests and Beneficials Review will take place virtually on Wednesday 27 January 2021.

Theme – Delivering IPM – Overcoming the Regulatory and Economic Barriers to Progress

The Regulatory and Commercial obstacles to IPM implementation can be as difficult to overcome as those related to the design of effective, practical IPM programmes. Given the requirement to adopt IPM widely as part of the UK’s developing agricultural strategy, this Review seeks to understand these obstacles better, and to identify who and what is involved in overcoming them.

This is an invitee only event.

4 NRoSO and 4 BASIS CPD points have been allocated for this event.


10.00 Welcome – Larissa Collins, BCPC Pests & Beneficials Group Chairperson / Entomology Team Leader, Fera Science Ltd.

10.05 Introduction – Neal Evans, Operations Director, The Voluntary Initiative.

10.15 IPM of slugs – interactions between research and industry – Keith Walters, Professor of Invertebrate Biology and Pest Management, Harper Adams University

10.35 Adoption issues in agricultural technology – James Lowenberg-DeBoer, Elizabeth Creak Chair of Agri-Tech Economics, Harper Adams University.

10.55 BREAK

11.10 Precision spray technologies – detection and application – Charles Whitfield, Senior Scientist in Crop Protection, NIAB EMR.

11.30 – PANEL DISCUSSION – Commercial



13.00 General state of development of technologies that could be applied to pest management – Simon Pearson, Director of LIAT/ Professor of Agri-Food Technology

13.20 CRD’s view of new technologies/implications for the pesticides regulatory regime – Bryn Bircher, Policy Officer, Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) / HSE

13.50 Overview of what the US is doing with regard to ‘new’ types of pesticides e.g. biopesticides – speed registration adn risk taking – Jerry Baron, Executive Director of the IR-4 Project, USA

14.20 PANEL DISCUSSION – Regulatory

15.10 Closing remarks – Chair

15.20 Feedback

15.30 Review Close

For further information contact: moira@dewpointmarketing.co.uk

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