Namibia joins the biological control bandwagon!
This past week Namibia gained a new weapon in the fight against alien invasive cactus species. These cactus species are some of the worst environmental and agricultural weeds in Namibia. None of the cactus plants in Namibia are indigenous, they were all brought from either North or South America because they are easy to grow and don’t require much attention in one’s garden.
Spreading the CBC network in Spain
Each year, the Society for Invertebrate Pathology (SIP) holds the “International Congress on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control & the Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology”, providing a valuable opportunity for the CBC to present our latest results while also connecting with several international experts in the field.
CBC takes part in biennial entomological congress
Every two years entomologists from around southern Africa gather to attend the Entomological Society of Southern Africa (ESSA) Congress. This year the 21st ESSA congress took place in Durban from 8th – 11th July and 14 CBC staff and students contributed presentations and a poster to the congress.
Strengthening ties with Argentina
The CBC and the Foundation for the Study of Invasive Species (FuEDEI- for its Spanish acronym) have been working together for a number of years on the biological control of invasive weeds. From the 10th of February to the 27th of April 2019, the CBC hosted Tomás Righetti, a PhD student based with FuEDEI in Buenos Aires, Argentina.