BINGO-ITN kicks off in Wageningen

Published on
January 22, 2015

On January 22 2015, an international research network has had its kick-off for their exploration of natural genetic variation of native natural enemies of agricultural pests, to improve the efficiency of biological control of those pests, without using exotic enemies. Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, the 3.3 million euro BINGO Training Network (Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation biocontrol), brings together researchers from nine European countries.

They aim to improve the production and performance of native natural enemies in biological control by selective breeding of natural enemies that are available and suitable for biological control. Ultimately, this will reduce the world's dependence on chemical pesticides, resulting in a more safe and healthy food production.