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BSPP WEBINAR: Biocontrol of plant disease

21st September 2020 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm BST

David Collinge, President Elect of the British Society for Plant Pathology, is presenting at a live webinar on Biocontrol followed by a panellists’ discussion with Dick Shaw (CABI), Sabrina Sarrocco (University of Pisa, Italy) Dan Funck Jensen (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) and Michael Shaw (University of Reading, UK). A virtual event in support of the International Year of Plant Health and on the launch of UK Plant Health Week.

Biological control for plant diseases can be defined briefly as the use of living organisms to suppress the effects of disease. Compared to disease resistance and chemical methods for disease control, biological control has had relatively little impact on global agriculture.  In this webinar we will address why and whether biological control has the potential to be an important part of our fight against disease.

Professor Michael Shaw works at Reading University and his research into biocontrol of plant disease involves theoretical studies and the population biology of some hyperparasites and commensuals.

Dr. Dick Shaw is Country Director for  CABI’s UK science site in Surrey, is an applied entomologist, specialises in Invasive Species and led the pioneering work on a suite of classical weed biocontrol projects for the UK.

Dr. Sabrina Sarrocco works at the University of Pisa researching plant pathology, biocontrol and fungal ecology.  She is a board member of the Italian Phytopathological Society (SIPaV) and is “Aggregate Member” of the “Accademia dei Georgofili” (Florence, Italy).

Professor Dan Funck Jensen works at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in plant pathology and the biological control of plant diseases. He has been president of the “Danish Society for Plant Diseases and Pests” and is currently president for the “Swedish Society for Plant Pathology”. He is also a board member of the Swedish Centre for Biological Control (CBC).

Please join us to learn about and debate the current status for biocontrol of plant diseases.

Register using the forms below, we’ll then share Zoom details with those who register.

Deadline for registration is Friday 18th Sept. 


21st September 2020
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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