The 9th Meeting of the IOBC-WPRS Working Group “Landscape Management for Functional Biodiversity” will take place at the University of Milan from the 7th to the 10th of June 2022″ the meeting will be held in hybrid format, to allow a wider participation. 

Considering public concern about the decline of biodiversity and the role of agriculture and urban environment in contributing to this decline, the Working Group acts as a platform for exchange of concepts and research results. While intensive management practices are standard practice in conventional farming systems, their undesirable side effects are increasingly recognized. There is consequently a growing interest for a transition towards more ecologically-based methodologies, but there remain many scientific challenges.
The aim of the meeting is to bring together the latest insights on current topics in landscape management for functional biodiversity, including the management for multiple ecosystem services, the identification of promising crop and non-crop management options to support biodiversity-based pest management, and initiatives to meet the challenge to halt the ongoing decline of important farmland species.
This moment will be important to identify promising areas for future research.

Stay tuned!

Please click here to download a pdf copy of the program.

Tuesday, June 07 2022

10:00 – 14:00   Registration opening

14:00 – 14:30   Coffee break 

14:30 – 14:50   Welcome presentation

14:50 – 14:55  I session – Pest management – Chairperson: Sara Savoldelli

14:55 – 15:15  I Bas Allema – Pest control of Thrips tabaci (Thysanoptera) in onions by hoverfly larvae (Diptera: Syrphidae)

15:15 – 15:35  II Louis Sutter – Floral enhancements and UV reflective mulch tend reduce the number of flower thrips and their associated damage in tunnel strawberry production

15:35 – 15:55  III Salvatore Guarino – Intra- and inter-specific cues for the management of Bagrada hilaris in caper bush cultivations of Pantelleria island

15:55 – 16:15  IV Gail Jackson -Carabid beetle abundance is increased by IPM practice, in comparison with conventional practice at Balruddery Research Farm in Fife, Scotland

16:30 – 18:00   Welcome cocktail


Wednesday, June 08 2022

09:15 – 09:35  Presentation of the liason officer John Holland

09:35 – 09:40  II session – Biodiversity – Chairperson: Camilla Moonen

09:40 – 10:00  V Augusto Loni – Role of green manures in influencing Carabid and slug populations in fields under different management

10:00 – 10:20  VI Alessandro Heinzl – Bee diversity and plant pollinator relationship in the city of Milan

10:20 – 10:40  VII Simone Marini – Biodiversity monitoring and management in a hilly olive grove agroecosystem – the Italian case study from the FRAMEwork project

10:40 – 11:00   COFFEE BREAK

11:00 – 11:05   II session (part 2) – Biodiversity – Chairperson: Graham Begg

11:05 – 11:25   VIII Maximilian Sittinger – FlowerFinder: An open source tool for automated flower detection and counting in UAV images and orthomosaics

11:25 – 11:45   IX Antonio Ferrante – The contribution of native shrub species to Mediterranean green spaces

11:45 – 12:05   X Gerid Hager – The potential of Citizen Science to support local biodiversity sensitive farming systems

12:05 – 12:40   Election of the new convenor

12:40 – 14:00   LUNCH

14:15 – 15:40   Landscape projects in urban areas in Italy

  • Biodiversity in the city. Bergamo, the Astino Valley
  • An integrated approach for the study of the biodiversity of Apoidea in urban systems with the support of mobile GIS technologies (Api-GIS)

16:00 – 19:00    Visit to BAM area (example of landscape management in Milan)  Group Photo

19:30 – 22:30    SOCIAL DINNER


Thursday, June 09 2022

09:30 – 10:10   III session-Short presentation – Chairperson: Simone Marini

Luka Batistic- Efficacy of trap crops and environmentally acceptable plant protection products as methods of brown marmorated stink bug (Halymorpha halys [Stål], Hemiptera, Pentatomidae) control in an apple orchard

Tanja Bohinc- Occurrence of brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys, Hemiptera, Pentatomidae) in urban area (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Mireia Sola Cassi- Landscape simplification and pest management effects on the entomofauna in apple orchards of Quebec

Caroline Provost -Does intensive crop management affect the diversity and abundance of species in fruit crops in Quebeck, Canada?

10:10 – 10:30     COFFEE BREAK 

10:30 – 10:35   IV session – Projects – Chairperson: Baerbel Gerowitt

10:35 – 10:55   XI John Holland – The BEESPOKE Project: increasing wild pollinators and crop pollination

10:55 – 11:15   XII Vittorio Capano – Bees: how and what to monitor to convey critical information

11:15 – 11:35   XIII Graham Begg – FRAMEwork: a system-wide approach to biodiversity sensitive farming in Europe”

11:35 – 11:55   XIV Niamh McHugh – Farmer Clusters: A FRAMEwork for connecting conservation measures in agricultural landscapes

11:55 – 12:50   Projects-brainstorming

12:55 – 14:10     LUNCH

14:10 – 14:15   V session – Habitat management – Chairperson: Costanza Jucker

14:15 – 14:35   XV Robin Earl -Contributions to biodiversity and integrated pest management from arable margins in Ireland evaluated through carabid populations

14:35 – 14:55   XVI- Marie D’Ottavio – Landscape effects on the cabbage seedpod weevil, Ceutorhynchus obstrictus, in canola in Quebec (Canada)

14:55 – 15:15   XVII Antonio Ferrante – Selection of ornamental species with different degrees of shade tolerance

15:15 – 15:35   XVIII Mona Schatke – Site-specific weed management based on species-specific weed densities

15:35 – 15:55   XIX Friederiche de Mol – Field margin measures from the farmers’ perspective

15:55 – 16:15   XX Elena Gagnarli- The habitat network of butterfly community of Alta Murgia National Park (Italy)

16:15 – 16:30   Meeting closure


Friday, June 10 2022

08:30 – 12:30   Field visit to “BOSCO IN CITTÀ”, an example of managed wood into the city



FEES Meeting “Landscape Management for Functional Biodiversity”

Non-IOBC Member Delegate

Onsite                                                                                                  Online
320€      Early Bird fee until 24 April 2022                                       224€
370€      Late from 25 April 2022                                                      259

IOBC Member Delegate
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Developing Countries
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Students & Youngs (Master and PhD and/or less than 32 y old)
160€      Early Bird fee until 24 April 2022                                        112€
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Accompanying person
90€        Early Bird fee until 24 April 2022
100€      Late from 25 April 2022

The congress fee includes:
– admission to scientific programme, access to the poster areas, congress material, welcome cocktail, lunches, refreshment and catering break, 1 meeting dinner, 1 half-day tour in Milan

The accompanying person fee includes:
– welcome cocktail, 1 meeting dinner, 1 half-day tour in Milan

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Call for paper

You are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Authors are expected to contribute papers for publication in the IOBC-WPRS Bulletin which will be available in electronic format only. Contributions should be limited to 4 pages maximum, including tables and graphs according to the template. Full instructions for authors and a template for the manuscript and references can be found here with instructions on submission to follow.

Poster presentations will be 5 minute presentations with slides.

Deadline for early registration, bulletin submission is 24 April 2022


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