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MAS ICM graduation

Delight and degrees all round for Integrated Crop Management students

Twelve international students celebrated the completion of the 2018 Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS in ICM) course at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The course is coordinated by CABI and the University of Neuchâtel.

Asian samurai wasp

CABI scientists make first discovery of the Asian samurai wasp in Europe

Trissolcus japonicus, the Asian samurai wasp, a natural enemy that kills the eggs of the invasive fruit and nut pest, brown marmorated stink bug, has been found in Switzerland. This could provide the breakthrough to controlling this highly damaging agricultural pest.

FAW infested maize

CABI study identifies safer options for fall armyworm control in Africa

Melanie Bateman, a scientist from the CABI's Swiss centre, is lead author on a new research paper that assessed 50 biopesticide active ingredients to help control the pest.



CABI's training of MSc students reaches new milestone

CABI's training of Plant Protection MSc students at the Szent Istvan Universtiy of Godollo in Hungary has reached a new landmark with the 10th course on research methods being delivered since its inception in 2010.


Past, present and future – reflections on the XV International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds

This year the ISBCW returned to Switzerland, almost 50 years after the first symposium was held in Delémont in 1969. Highlights from the 15th ISBCW included; calling for Europe to take greater action on the biocontrol of weeds, continued support for the Weeds catalogue and agreeing the next organisers for the 16th ISBCW in 2022.

Toth Phd student in lab

PhD student steps up fight against western corn rootworm – a major pest of maize

Szabolcs Toth is investigating ways to improve integrated control methods for one of the most destructive invasive alien pests of maize in North America and Europe – the western corn rootworm. He is conducting his research at the Plant Science Doctoral School of the Szent Istvan University of Gödöllö in Hungary, with supervision from CABI’s Dr Stefan Toepfer.

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1st International Conference on Biological Control takes place in India

The conference, co-organised by CABI scientists and partners, considered a range of biological control approaches and applications. CABI`s biocontrol experts Dr Stefan Toepfer and Dr Malvika Chaudhary co-chaired the macrobial and microbial biocontrol sessions. The conference took place in Bengaluru, Indiafrom 27-29 September 2018.

Taken from footage used in ISBCW 2018 video. Bought from IStock.

The health cost savings of biocontrol on ragweed revealed in new study

A recent study published in Basic and Applied Ecology, with key contributions from CABI’s Urs Schaffner and Benno Augustinus, estimates health cost savings of €5.2– 6.8M annually if biocontrol is used to reduce pollen production by ragweed in the Rhône Valley area.

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2018 Weed Biological Control report now out!

Find out what’s currently going on in our projects on biological weed control.

RTS broadcaster filming Swiss centre, June 2018

Swiss French broadcasting channel RTS comes to CABI

In a TV episode filmed by the Swiss French broadcaster Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), two of CABI's projects relevant to the Jura and the rest of Europe were highlighted. In addition, an interview with one of our MAS-ICM students demonstrated how the Swiss centre is playing an important role in addressing global food security.


CABI helps train agricultural scientists of tomorrow as part of six-day course in Hungary

CABI has helped train the agricultural scientists of tomorrow by holding a course for students and young researchers keen on learning more about research methodologies in agriculture, including plant protection, at the Szent Istvan University of Godollo in Hungary.

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University of Idaho professor collaborates with CABI’s Swiss centre during sabbatical

University Distinguished Professor, Sanford Eigenbrode, from the University of Idaho is collaborating with CABI scientists based in Switzerland as part of a five-month sabbatical to investigate the chemical ecology of host specificity by weed biological control agents.

MAS in ICM 2018

New cohort of students welcomed onto MAS in ICM course

Twelve new students are embarking on their Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) after attending a welcome ceremony in Delèmont, the capital of the Swiss Canton of Jura.

China plant doctors

China workshop raises awareness of Plantwise plant doctor programme

A workshop has been held at the Zhejiang Agricultural and Forestry University in Hangzhou, Eastern China, to raise awareness of the Plantwise plant doctor programme which trains extension workers to diagnose and help farmers manage a range of crop pests and diseases.

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Research pathway for new European Laboratory agreed

A future pathway for agricultural research to take place at a new joint European laboratory based at CABI’s centre in Switzerland was agreed during a visit by a delegation of senior scientists from China on 6-9 December 2017.

MAS in ICM class of 2017 graduation ceremony at Engelberg, Switzerland

Integrated crop management Masters course yields success

A graduation ceremony held on 17 November 2017 in Engelberg, Switzerland celebrated the successful completion of the 2017 Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS in ICM) programme by a number of international students.

CABI organised a three-day course on experimental design and statistical data analysis at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) in Beijing on 25 to 27 October 2017

CABI organises agricultural research design course in China

CABI organised a three-day course on experimental design and statistical data analysis at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) in Beijing on 25 to 27 October 2017.

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Biological control and managing problematic invasive species in Europe

CABI's Dr Urs Schaffner blogs about the fascinating history of Invertebrate Biological Control Agents (IBCAs) in Europe and promotes a book he co-authored for researchers and practitioners operating in the areas of biological control and pest management.

Keynote address at the 12th Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting in Basel, Switzerland this week (23-25 October 2017)

CABI calls for collaboration to boost use of biocontrol by smallholder farmers

CABI’s Executive Director for Global Operations, Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann, has called for more collaboration between the public and private sectors to encourage the use of biological controls by smallholder farmers to tackle damaging pests.

Special edition of Journal of Pest Science welcomes CABI guest editor

Special edition of Journal of Pest Science welcomes CABI guest editor

A special issue of the Journal of Pest Science, guest edited by CABI’s Tim Haye and Don Weber from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, brings together the latest knowledge on the brown marmorated stinkbug, Halyomorpha halys.

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CABI scientist co-edits new field guide on woody sentinel plant damage

A new guide designed to help plant health professionals identify the cause of damage on woody sentinel plants, co-edited by CABI scientist René Eschen, is now available to download as an open access publication.

Written collaboratively by a team of 44 scientists from 24 countries, the guide is an output of an EU-funded COST project, COST Action FP1401 - A global network of nurseries as early warning system against alien tree pests (Global Warning).


CABI contributes to IUFRO’s 125th Anniversary Congress

Forestry scientists from across the world gathered in Freiburg, Germany last month (18-22 September) to celebrate 125 years of IUFRO (the International Union of Forest Research Organisations).

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Flagship conference tackles biocontrol of arthropod pests

More than 130 biological control researchers and practitioners came together on 11-15 September at the world’s flagship conference on the control of arthropods using parasitoids and predators. A number of scientists from CABI's Swiss centre participated in the event.

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Students learn Integrated Pest Management techniques in Beijing 

CABI has held a five-day course on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to train post graduate students and young researchers on a range of pest management techniques and the ecology of crops.

CABI Boaard meeting at Switzerland

CABI board welcomed to Switzerland

CABI’s Swiss centre welcomed the organisation’s board of directors to Delémont last week (2-4 July 2017). In addition to attending the CABI board meeting, the directors toured the centre and met with staff.

Sino-German-Symposium at the Julius-Kühn Institut at Darmstadt in Germany

CABI takes part in Sino-German symposium

New strategies to manage and control Drosophila suzukii (Spotted Wing Drosophila) – a fruit crop pest that is a major problem in both Asia and Europe – were presented for discussion at a recent symposium attended by CABI scientists and other leading experts.

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CABI co-organises major scientific maize pests conference in China

CABI co-organised a major scientific conference on maize insect pests with the Institute of Plant Protection of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) at their National Agricultural Library in Beijing last week (10-12 April 2017).

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Entre champs et forêt, le CABI

A Swiss media outlet looks into our work on invasive species, integrated crop management and postgraduate research in CABI's Swiss centre.

MAS in ICM 2017 opening ceremony

New MAS in ICM students welcomed to Switzerland

New students starting their Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) were welcomed to Switzerland at an opening ceremony in Delémont, earlier this month (3 March 2017).

CABI organises 5-day workshop on IPM in CAAS China

CABI organizes five-day Integrated Pest Management course in Beijing

CABI organized a five-day course on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) in Beijing on 13 to 17 February 2017.

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European insect pest control workshop held in Delémont

Specialists gathered from across Europe in Delémont, Switzerland last week (17 January 2017) to find out about insect pest control strategies at a Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation BioControl (BINGO) workshop. 

 Weed biocontrol progress report

2016 Weed Biological Control report now out!

Find out what’s currently going on in our projects on biological weed control.

BINGO-ITN workshop 'Insect Pest control strategies and methodologies: theory and practices'

BINGO-ITN insect pest control workshop to take place in Delémont

A BINGO-ITN workshop on insect pest control strategies organised by CABI will take place in Delémont on 17 January 2017. For more information, download the programme or register your place here.

MAS in ICM class of 2016 graduation ceremony at Interlaken, Switzerland

International students graduate with Masters degree in crop management

A graduation ceremony took place on 17 November 2016, in Interlaken, Switzerland, to mark the successful completion of the 2016 Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS in ICM) programme.

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CABI’s Swiss office welcomes ministers from the Canton Jura

CABI in Switzerland hosted a visit from the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Mr. Martial Courtet, and the Minister of Environment, Mr. David Eray from the Government of the Canton Jura.

 Strate J adult education centre opening event at Delemont Switzerland.

CABI attends launch of Strate J higher education campus in Delemont

CABI showcased its Masters of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS ICM) course, graduate student training and student internships at the launch of the ‘Strate J’ higher education campus in Delémont, Switzerland.

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Masters degree in crop management now open for applications

CABI and the University of Neuchâtel are pleased to announce that applications for the Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Integrated Crop Management (ICM) programme running in 2017 are now open.

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Delemont welcomes international students to crop course

Read about the opening ceremony for the 2016 intake of MAS in ICM students at Delémont.

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2015 Weed Biological Control report now out!

Find out what’s currently going on in our projects on biological weed control.

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MAS in Integerated Crop Management Students arrive in  Switzerland to begin courses

Students from around the world have arrived in Canton Jura, Switzerland to learn from experts about sustainable agriculture strategies to apply in practice and policy back home. 


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Supporting agricultural education in Switzerland

CABI and University of Neuchâtel announce a new joint ICM programme on national television.


Albanian apple farmers

Video: CABI in Albania

Watch how CABI has been working with key agricultural stakeholders in Albania to help farmers increase apple yields in a safe and sustainable way using IPM practices.


 Saidou Nacambo and Chinese partners sorting maggots

CABI project investigates the use of insects in animal feed

CABI joins FERA for a €3 million, EU-funded project, PROteINSECT, to investigate growing flies as a potential source of protein in animal feed.


 Annual report

The 2012 Annual Report on projects and activities undertaken by staff based at our Swiss Centre, is out now. Their work covers a range of activities including integrated crop management and biocontrol. Staff work to provide sustainable solutions for environmental challenges in countries around the world.

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TV segment: Box tree moth population explodes in Jura

CABI's Dr Marc Kenis talks to television station Canal Alpha about the evolving threat of the box tree moth to the natural ecosystem in Jura, Swizterland (French language)


EU fights back with CABI against invasive Ragweed

In the largest COST Action to date, 34 EU countries have banned together to find a solution to stop Ragweed's spread on the continent. This invasive weed from North America, now one of the most common air-borne allergens in the EU, causes half of all asthma attacks in its regions, and costs the EU economy an estimated €4.5B a year. CABI will join a consortium of over 120 biologists, ecologists, economists, and medical experts to explore sustainable solutions. Top on the agenda, biological control, or using ragweed’s natural enemies to help stop its spread.

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It's cool to be a biology geek!

Our Centre in Switzerland's numbers grow every summer as it becomes home to a group of foreign students, furthering their studies in Entomology and Biology. Danielle Fife has written about her experiences at CABI this summer on her visit from Canada. 

Controlling the cabbage seedpod weevil in Canada

The cabbage seedpod weevil is a widely distributed pest of cruciferous crops in Europe and North America, causing substantial economic losses in canola crops in Canada. Current control measures still rely on applying broad-spectrum insecticides. We are collecting European distribution data for a parasitic wasp that is the weevil’s most effective... >>

Protecting leeks and onions from pests

The invasive leek moth poses a significant and immediate threat to producers of leeks, onions, garlic and chives in North America. The larvae mine the green tissues, reducing the marketability of crops. The pest’s distribution is expanding, with no signs of suppression by indigenous natural enemies. We are supporting an integrated pest management... >>

Biological control of brown marmorated stink bug

International trade is a common way for insects to ‘hitch-hike’ their way to new countries. The brown marmorated stink bug, originally from East Asia, has become a harmful invasive pest of many fruit and vegetable crops in North America and Europe. Biological control using Asian or European natural enemies may be an environmentally friendly,... >>

Controlling noxious Russian knapweed in the North America

Russian knapweed is one of several invasive plants of rangelands that arrived in North America as a seed contaminant in the 19th century, in this case from Asia. Biological control is often a good approach for these plants, but a nematode species introduced in the 1970s proved ineffective against Russian knapweed. Funded by a US and Canadian... >>

Partnership with DPR Korea's Ministry of Agriculture

Agricultural production in DPR Korea is low, resulting in food shortages and the need for international aid. Ensuring food security is a priority for the government. We have helped the newly-established Department of Plant Protection to sustainably improve agricultural production by optimizing its ability to develop and implement plant protection... >>

Improving the livelihoods of smallholder maize farmers around the Mekong

After rice, maize is the most important crop in the Mekong Delta. Insects including the Asian corn borer are a major threat to production. Fear of crop losses, together with a lack of alternative measures, can result in overuse of pesticides – posing health risks to farmers, consumers and the agro-ecosystem. This project will establish local... >>

Insects as a source of protein

Global demand for animal-sourced foods is accelerating. Fishmeal and crops such as soya are key ingredients in animal feeds but are not ecologically or economically sustainable. Insect protein presents a viable alternative. The PROTEINSECT project is exploring fly larva (maggots), which are nutritious and can be mass produced at low cost, as... >>