News and Reviews
3rd Annual Extension Conference on Biological Control to be Held in Indiana
This regional conference targets farmers, Extension educators, agricultural instructors, crop
consultants, greenhouse operators and nursery, landscape and turf managers, especially in Ohio,
Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana. The program will cover how to effectively control insect pests
through the use of their natural enemies. This conference was planned by the Biological Control
Committee of the North Central Regional Land Grant Universities (NCR-125). The two-day
program begins with a session on the basic principles and techniques of biological control,
followed by presentations on how biological control currently is being used successfully in the
Midwest. An evening program will feature a panel discussion with growers, Extension agents
and organic farmers that will identify the current barriers to implementing biological control in
the Midwest. The second day of the conference will feature lecture and laboratory sessions with
Extension specialists on specific crops. Participants can attend a special hands-on laboratory to
learn to identify common natural enemies.
Attendance will be limited to 100 people. Fees for registration are $45 for each day, or $75
for the two-day conference. Fees cover refreshments and course materials, including a manual on
the basics of biological control. See the Upcoming Events below for registration information.
Midwest Institute for Biological Control 1995 Summer Short Course
The Midwest Institute for Biological Control held its 1995 summer short course at the
campus of the University of Illinois in July. This year's course, entitled "Insect Parasites,
Predators and Pathogens," lasted five days and was taught by seven instructors to 20 students.
Students this year included midwestern graduate students, current and former faculty members,
technicians from the USDA and DuPont, scientists from the US Forest Service, an extension
educator and visiting scientists from India. This year's course was supported in part by the
Illinois Natural History Survey, the University of Illinois Office of Agricultural Entomology, the
Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station and the DuPont Corporation.
These short courses are offered each summer as a collaborative effort by biological control
specialists from around the Midwest to provide in-depth training in specific areas of biological
The Midwest Institute is trying to switch to a two-year cycle to cover the four topic areas, and
also develop an electronic-based course primer through funding from the USDA National
Biological Control Institute.
NBCI on the World Wide Web
Keep up with biological control on the information superhighway through the National
Biological Control Institute's site on the world wide web.
This site provides current information related to biological control and an introduction to the
NBCI staff. The NBCI Store offers over 30 publications, a poster, and 3 videos free of charge.
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and workshops having to do with some type of biological control are listed in the Events section.
The Resources section offers information on the latest student research opportunities,
fellowships, internships, and research grants that can be applied for. If you're looking for a new
job in biological control, check out the possibilities in the Employment section. And if MBCN
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