Pests & Beneficials

The BCPC Pests and Beneficials Working Group was established in March 2015. The purpose of the group is to provide a forum for discussion of relevant research results and new legislation and new legislation, and impact on integrated pest management,

The group meets three times a year and delivers an Annual Review to an invited audience, including researchers, advisers, growers and industry. The first review was held on Tuesday 16 February 2016 at NIAB Park Farm, Cambridge and comprised presentations from invited speakers on topics of current interest including: pests in oilseed rape, bees and the impact of neonicotinoid withdrawal, with particular emphasis on practical utility in agriculture and horticulture.

The 6th Annual Review was held Virtually on Wednesday 27 January 2021 – for more details and to see the speaker presentations  click here.

The 7th Annual Review is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 26 January 2022.

"Research faces challenges to improve the evidence base. Potential conflicts of interest must be overcome in addition to bias and incentives that drive research pursuits." Charles Godfray - University of Oxford

Current membership of the group is

Name Company Email address Additional information
Larissa Collins Fera
larissa.collins@fera.co.uk Entomology R&D Team Leader
IRAG member
Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society
Member of the Royal Entomological Society Outreach & Development Committee
Caroline Nicholls Defra
Defra IRAG member
Defra Environmental Land Management Team
Tom Pope Harper Adams University
Harper Adams Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society
IRAG member
Jon Knight (Chair)   Independent consultant
Chair BBRO Stakeholder Committee
Trustee East Malling Trust
Colin Ruscoe BCPC
BCPC Chairman, BCPC.
Director, SynTech Research.
Scientific Committee, IVCC
Nicky Tideswell CRD
CRD  
Julian Hasler NFU
NFU  
Sam Cook Rothamsted Research
Rothamsted Research Senior Research Scientist.
Society & Entomology Convenor of the IOBC Working Group on Integrated Control in Oilseeds.
Alan Dewar Dewar Crop Protection
Dewar Crop Protection  
Chris Parsons Bayer Crop Protection
Bayer Agronomic solutions manager for arable herbicides and insecticides for the UK and Netherlands.
Andy Evans Angus Horticulture
Angus Horticulture Ltd Senior Technical Manager (Agriculture)
Chris Hartfield NFU
NFU Senior Regulatory Affairs Adviser
NFU Plant Health Unit
Becky Hilton Corteva
Dow  
Fran Pickering ADAS
ADAS Crop Protection Consultant
Laurence Power Certis
Certis  
Michael Thornton Procam
Procam  
Rachel Wells James Hutton Institute
James Hutton Institute Senior Scientist, Crop Genetics.
Honorary lecturer at UEA
Max Newbert Syngenta
Syngenta  
Tom Pope Harper Adams University
Harper Adams Fellow of the Royal Entomology Society
IRAG memnber
Michelle Fountain NIAB EMR
NIAB EMR Head of Pest and Pathogen Ecology
Sue Cowgill AHDB
AHDB