What next for biocontrol?

This, our third Arable Horizons talk, will take place on 30 May 2017 at the University of Lincoln and will look at the research projects and individuals that are working to make biological control a more effective, viable tool for UK farmers.

As a country, the UK has been slow to uptake biocontrol as an effective disease and pest control method. In this lecture we will also look at what other countries are doing around the topic of biocontrol, the progress they are making, and what this work could mean for UK agriculture.

In attendance will be farmers, agronomists, researchers and scientists from across UK agriculture. There will be dinner and drinks with plenty of time to chat and network with your peers, Farmers Weekly staff and our speaker, Professor Simon Leather.


Professor Simon Leather

Simon Leather is currently Professor of Entomology in the Department of Crop & Environment Sciences at Harper Adams University, where he also heads the new Centre for Integrated Pest Management.

He teaches undergraduate and MSc students, and has supervised over 48 PhD students to completion since joining in 2012.

At HAU, Prof. Leather is the Director of Study on various research projects looking at UK biocontrol including ‘Tritrophic interactions in mixed vegetable crops’ and ‘Novel methods for the mass rearing of predatory mites of biological control in glasshouses’.

He believes passionately in outreach and regularly speaks at schools as well as to local Natural History Societies, the WI, U3A and others. He blogs at Don’t Forget the Roundabouts and can be found on Twitter as @Entoprof.


17.30 Drinks reception and bite to eat
18.00 Introduction from Karl Schneider, Farmers Weekly Editor
18.10 Professor Simon Leather, Harper Adams University presents ‘What Next for Biocontrol?’ Arable Horizons Talk
19.05 Interactive session with Professor Simon Leather, Harper Adams University & Karl Schneider and New Scientist
19.50 Presentation from Syngenta on their research around what’s next for biocontrol
20.10 Dinner


Register for 'Exploiting climate change for UK farmers'

One of the biggest challenges set to impact farmers in the future is the changing climate. This lecture will examine the implications of a changing climate for British agriculture, what it means for what we grow and how we grow it, and a look at some pioneering research projects.

Date: 22 June 2017
Location: British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge


For general enquiries, please contact the team.