NY543 - Overseas trip to attend IOBC Conference at Vienna

The IOBC/West Palaearctic Regional Section (WPRS) working group on pest management in greenhouses, in Vienna, Austria, in May 1996, was attended by more than 100 delegates from 22 countries. The working group confirmed that biological control is a key priority in western Europe and gradually expanding from its mainstay of greenhouse vegetables into ornamental crops. The conference program featured workshop sessions on key pests and issues, including the use of unregistered bio-controls and bio-control failures, and visits to local greenhouses practising Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This report outlines the conference information relevant to Australia’s greenhouses and highlights of a visit to IPM specialists in the UK.