Biological Control : Approaches and Applications
Globally, upto 30% of agricultural yields are damaged by pests and diseases despite chemical pesticide use. Biological control of insect pests and diseases is one of the major ecosystem services provided to agriculture worldwide. Natural enemies such as predators, parasitoids and pathogens play a major role in limiting damage from native and exotic pests. The main theme of the conference is to address issues related to various biological control approaches in the context of biodiversity, increased chemical pesticide pressure and climate change. Its emphasis would also be on the challenges faced by the researchers, farmers and other stakeholders in implementing biological control programs. The conference will include keynote addresses, plenary and oral presentations and poster sessions.
The conference would cover the following Sub Themes related to Biological Control
Biodiversity and biosecurity
Biotechnological approaches in biocontrol
Production and utilization of macrobials for insect pest management
Production and utilization of microbials for insect pest and disease management
Biocontrol compatible approaches
Biological control: Industrial perspective and policy issues
ICBC 2018 Organizers
Society for Biocontrol Advancement (SBA), Bengaluru
The Society for Biocontrol Advancement (SBA) was established in 1986 as Indian Society for Biocontrol Advancement (ISBA) at the TamilNadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India and later started functioning as Society for Biocontrol Advancement (SBA) from 1996 at Project Directorate of Biological Control, Bangalore which was recently upgraded as National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects (NBAIR). The objective of SBA is to promote research, create awareness and implementation of biological control of pests, pathogens and weeds in India. SBA creates a platform for the exchange of views.
ICAR- National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources (NBAIR), Bengaluru
National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources (NBAIR), formerly National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects (NBAII) is located in Bangalore, Hebbal in the same premises at which The Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control (CIBC), Indian Station was established in 1957. The advent of CIBC marked the beginning of organized and systematic biological control research in India. During this period, our knowledge of natural enemies of crop pests and weeds increased manifold. CIBC Indian station was closed during 1987 and All India Coordinated Research Project on Biological Control of Crop Pests and Weeds (AICRP-BC&W), which was launched in 1977 under the aegis of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research was shifted to the same campus in 1988.
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare , Government of India. Formerly known as Imperial Council of Agricultural Research, it was established on 16 July 1929 as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in pursuance of the report of the Royal Commission on Agriculture. The ICAR has its headquarters at New Delhi.
ICBC 2018 Organizing Committee Members
Dr. Chandish R. Ballal
President, SBA, Bengaluru
Dr. Sushil K. Jalali
Chief Organizing Secretary ICBC 2018
Dr. G. Sivakumar
Secretary, SBA, Bengaluru