IOBC-APRS Newsletter

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IOBC-APRS Newsletter

Current Issue:

IOBC-APRS Newsletter 4,
June 2016





BioControl is the official journal of the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC) (

BioControl - official journal of the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC).It includes original papers on basic and applied research in all aspects of biological control of invertebrate, vertebrate and weed pests, and plant diseases. Subject areas covered in BioControl comprise biology and ecology of organisms for biological control, and various facets of their use including any biological means of control for integrated pest management (IPM) such as plant resistance, pheromones and intercropping. Interdisciplinary papers with a global perspective on the use of biological control in integrated pest management systems are strongly encouraged.
Developments in molecular biology and biotechnology that have direct relevance to biological control will also be considered for publication. Organisms covered by BioControl include parasitoids, invertebrate and vertebrate predators of pest animals and plants, mites, plant and insect pathogens, nematodes, and weeds. In addition to original research papers, BioControl also publishes forum papers, reviews (solicited by the Editor-in-Chief) and Letters to the Editor on critical issues relevant to biological control.

The FIRST VIRTUAL ISSUE of the journal is now available! Virtual Issues are compiled in close collaboration with the Editor-in- Chief, Eric Wajnberg, as well as Associate Editors Patrick De Clercq and Arne Janssen, to focus on cutting-edge topics. They present key articles that have been published in the journal over the course of recent years.

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  11. Available in over 4,500 institutions globally


IOBC Internet Book of Biological Control


IOBC Internet Book of Biological ControlVersion 6, February 2012. Editor: J.C. van Lenteren

Aim: to present the history, the current state of affairs and the future of biological control in order to show that this control method is sound, safe and sustainable.

Download PDF from the IOBC Global website: publications_iobc_internet_book_of_biological_control.html


IOBC-APRS Publications on Biological Control

Our members are producing scientific papers all the time. The IOBC-APRS would like to create an area for us all to share our work in the hopes of creating a closer working relationship.
Please send a list of your recent (since 2010) peer-reviewed publications on biological control and related IPM topics to so that we can list them here for APRS members.

Members Publications Archive

Barratt BIP 2011. Assessing safety of biological control introductions. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources 6: 1-12.

Barratt BIP, Brodeur J, Mason PG, Heimpel GE, Roy HE, van Lenteren JC, Beukeboom LW, Werren JH 2012. IOBC Global – Symposia at ICE. Biocontrol News and Information 33: 31N-32N.

Barratt BIP, Howarth FG, Withers TM, Kean J, Ridley GS 2010. Progress in risk assessment for classical biological control. Biological Control 52: 245–254.

Barratt BIP, Oberprieler RG, Barton D, Mouna M, Stevens M, Alonso-Zarazaga MA, Vink CJ, Ferguson CM 2012. Could research in the native range, and non-target host range in Australia, have helped predict host range of the parasitoid Microctonus aethiopoides Loan (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), a biological control agent introduced for Sitona discoideus Gyllenhal (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in New Zealand? Biocontrol 57: 735-750.

Cock MJW, van Lenteren JC, Brodeur J, Barratt BIP, Bigler F, Bolckmans K, Cônsoli FL, Haas F, Mason PG, Parra JRP 2010. Do new access and benefit sharing procedures under the Convention on Biological Diversity threaten the future of biological control? Biocontrol 55: 199-218.

Gao YL, SR Reitz, J Wang, XN Xu, ZR Lei. 2012. Potential of a strain of the entomopathogenic fungi Beauveria bassiana (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) as a biological control agent against the western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Biocontrol Science and Technology. 22: 491-495.

Gao YL, SR Reitz, J Wang, P Tamez-Guerra, ED Wang, XN Xu, ZR Lei. 2012.  Potential use of the fungus Beauveria bassiana against the western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis without reducing the effectiveness of its natural predator Orius sauteri (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae). Biocontrol Science and Technology. 22: 803-812.

Goolsby JA, Kirk AA, Moran PJ, Alex E. Racelis AE, Adamczyk JJ, Cortés E, Ángeles Marcos García M, Jimenez M-M, Summy KR, Ciomperlik MA, Sands DPA 2011. Establishment of the armored scale, Rhizaspidiotus donacis, a biological control agent of Arundo donax. Southwest Entomologist 36: 373-374.

Fowler SV, Paynter Q, Dodd S, Groenteman R 2012. How can ecologists help practitioners minimize non-target effects in weed biocontrol? Journal of Applied Ecology 49:307-310.

Goldson SL, McNeill MR, Gerard PJ, Proffitt JR, Phillips CB, Cane RP, Murray PJ 2004. British-based search for natural enemies of the clover root weevil, Sitona lepidus in Northwest Europe.  New Zealand Journal of Zoology 31: 233-240.

Goldson SL, McNeill MR, Proffitt JR, Barratt BIP 2005. Host specificity testing and suitability of a 'European' strain of the Braconid parasitoid Microctonus aethiopoides Loan as a biological control agent against Sitona lepidus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in New Zealand. Biocontrol, Science and Technology 15 (8): 791 – 813.

Goldson SL, Wratten SD, Ferguson CM, Gerard PJ, Barratt BIP, Hardwick S, McNeill MR, Phillips CB, Popay AJ, Tylianakis JM, Tomasetto F 2014. If and when successful classical biological control fails. Biological Control 72: 76-79.

Groenteman R, Fowler SV, Sullivan JJ 2011. St. John's wort beetles would not have been introduced to New Zealand now: A retrospective host range test of New Zealand's most successful weed biocontrol agents. Biological Control 57: 50-58.

Groenteman R, Kelly D, Fowler S, Bourdôt G 2011. Abundance, phenology and impact of biocontrol agents on nodding thistle (Carduus nutans) in Canterbury 35 years into a biocontrol programme. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research 54:1-13.

Hayes L, Fowler SV, Paynter Q, Groenteman R, Peterson P, Dodd S, Bellgard S 2013. Biocontrol of weeds: achievements to date and future outlook. In: Dymond JR ed. Ecosystem Services in New Zealand: Conditions and Trends. Lincoln, New Zealand, Manaaki Whenua Press. Pp. 375–385.

Huang H, Xu XN, Lv JL, Li GT, Wang ED, Gao YL 2013. Impact of Proteins and Saccharides on Mass Production of Tyrophagus putrescentiae (Acari: Acaridae) and its Predator Neoseiulus barkeri (Acari: Phytoseiidae) Biocontrol Science and Technology. 23(11): 1231-1244

Marchetto KM, Shea K, Kelly D, Groenteman R, Sezen Z, Jongejans E 2014. Unrecognized impact of a biocontrol agent on the spread rate of an invasive thistle. Ecological Applications 24 (5): 1178–1187.

McNeill MR, Goldson SL, Proffitt JP, Phillips CB, Addison PJ 2002. A description of the commercial rearing and distribution of Microctonus hyperodae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) for biological control of Listronotus bonariensis (Kuschel) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae).  Biological Control 24: 167-175.

McNeill MR, Fletcher CJ 2005. Interspecific competitionbetween Rhinocyllus conicus and Urophora solstitialis L. on nodding thistle in Canterbury?  New Zealand Plant Protection 58: 140-147.

Palmer WA 2012. Australia's current approval procedures for biological control with particular reference to its Biological Control Act. In: Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Symposium on the Biological Control of Weeds. Y. Wu, ed. USDA Forest Service-FHTET, Morgantown,WV. p. (In press).

Palmer WA 2012. Cryptostegia grandifolia (Roxb.) R. Br. - rubber vine. In: Biological Control of Weeds in Australia. M. Julien, R. McFadyen and J. Cullen, eds. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. pp. 190-197.

Palmer WA 2012. Senna obtusifolia (L.) Irwin & Barneby - sicklepod. In: Biological Control of Weeds in Australia. M. Julien, R. McFadyen and J. Cullen, eds. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. pp. 537-543.

Palmer WA 2012. Sporobolus spp. - weedy sporobolus grasses. In: Biological Control of Weeds in Australia. M. Julien, R. McFadyen and J. Cullen, eds. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. pp. 569-575.

Palmer WA, Lockett C, Dhileepan K 2012. Acacia nilotica subsp. indica (Benth.) Brenan - prickly acacia. In: Biological Control of Weeds in Australia. M. Julien, R. McFadyen and J. Cullen, eds. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. pp. 18-28.

Palmer WA, McFadyen RC 2012. Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. - annual ragweed. In: Biological Control of Weeds in Australia. M. Julien, R. McFadyen and J. Cullen, eds. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. pp. 52-60.

Palmer WA, Rafter MA 2012. Bryophyllum delagoense (Ecklon & Zeher) Schinz - mother-of-millions. In: Biological Control of Weeds in Australia. M. Julien, R. McFadyen and J. Cullen, eds. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. pp. 99-107.

Palmer WA, Senaratne KAD 2012. Anredera cordifolia (Ten.) Steenis – Madeira vine. In: Biological Control of Weeds in Australia. M. Julien, R. McFadyen and J.M. Cullen, eds. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. pp. 60-64.

Paynter Q, Fowler SV, Gourlay AH, Groenteman R, Peterson PG, Smith L, Winks CJ 2010. Predicting parasitoid accumulation on biological control agents of weeds. Journal of Applied Ecology 47:575-582.

Sands DPA, Goolsby JA 2011. The case for biological control of exotic African grasses in Australia & USA using introduced detritivores. Pp. 103-109 (in: Y Wu, T Johnson, S Sing, S Raghu, G Wheeler, P Pratt, K Warner, T Center, J Goolsby, R Reardon (eds.)), Proceedings of the XIII International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds, September 11-16, 2011, Waikoloa, Hawaii USA.

Sands DPA 2011. Invasive African Grasses: rising threats to Australian invertebrate biodiversity. 101BCC. Joint Invertebrate Biodiversity & Conservation / Society of Australian Biologists Conference, Parkville Victoria 4-8 December 2011. p. 55. (Abstract).

Sands DPA 2013. (Expanded Abstract) Effects of invasive scales on forest butterflies in Australia, and benefits following biological control, pp. 82-85 (in: PG Mason, DR Gillespie, C Vincent (eds.)). Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods, Pucon, Chile March 4-8.

Sands DPA, Goolsby JA, Palmer WA 2014. (Abstract) Rising threats from Arundo donax: Australian contribution to a successful US project. Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the Australian Entomological Society. Canberra, Australia.

Todd JH, Barratt BIP, Tooman L, Beggs JR, Malone LA 2015. Selecting non-target species for risk assessment of entomophagous biological control agents: Evaluation of the PRONTI decision-support tool. Biological Control 80: 77-88.

Van Driesche RG, Carruthers RJ, Centre T, Hoddle, MS, Hough-Goldstein J, Morin l, Smith l, Wagner DL, Blossey B, Brancatini V, Casagrande R, Causton CE, Coetzee JA, Cuda J, Ding J, Fowler SV, Frank, JH, Fuester R, Goolsby J, Grodowitz M, Heard TA, Hill MP, Hoffmann JH, Huber J, Julien M, Kairo MTK, Kenis M, Mason P, Medal J, Messing R, Miller R, Moore A, Neuenschwander P, Newman R, Norambuena H, Palmer WA, Pemberton R, Perez Pandura A, Pratt PD, Rayamajhi M, Salom S, Sands D, Schooler S, Schwartzlander M, Sheppard A, Shaw R, Tipping PW, van Klinken RD 2010.  Classical biological control for protection of natural ecosystems.  Biological Control 54: S2-S33.

van Lenteren JC, Cock MJW, Brodeur J, Barratt BIP, Bigler F, Bolckmans K, Haas F, Mason PG, Parra JRP 2011. Will the Convention on Biological Diversity put an end to biological control? Revista Brasileira de Entomologia 55: 1-5.

Wu SY, Gao YL, Xu XN, Wang HH, Wang ED, Lei ZR 2014. Evaluation of Hypoaspis miles and Neoseiulus barkeri for biological control of thrips on greenhouse cucumbers. Biocontrol Science and Technology. 24(10): 1110-1121.

Wu SY, Gao YL, Zhang YP, Wang EN, Xu XN, Lei ZR 2014. An entomopathogenic strain of Beauveria bassiana against Frankliniella occidentalis with no detrimental effect on the predatory mite Neoseiulus barkeri: Evidence from laboratory bioassay and scanning electron microscopic observation. PLoS ONE. 9(1):e84732

Wu SY, Gao YL, Xu XN, Zhang YP, Wang J, Lei ZR, Smagghe G 2013. Laboratory and greenhouse evaluation of a new entomopathogenic strain of Beauveria bassiana for control of the onion thrips Thrips tabaci. Biocontrol Science and Technology. 23(7): 794-802.