IOBC-WPRS Working Group Meeting

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8th IOBC-WPRS Working Group Meeting

Landscape management for functional biodiversity

Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 March 2019, Wageningen, the Netherlands


  Felix Bianchi, Wageningen University, the Netherlands Paul van Rijn, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  Claudius van de Vijver, Graduate School PE&RC, the Netherlands Bärbel Gerowitt, University of Rostock, Germany
  Lennart SuselbeekGraduate School PE&RC, the Netherlands Graham Begg, the James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom
Aims of the meeting and scientific programme

There is ongoing debate about the future of agriculture. While intensive management practices, including the use of synthetic pesticide applications, are standard practice in conventional farming systems, their undesirable side effects are increasingly recognized. There is public concern about the decline of pollinator populations, neonicotinoid insecticides and glyphosate herbicides are under scrutiny, and the EU has launched greening measures to mitigate negative impacts of intensive management practices on farmland biodiversity. There is growing momentum for a transition towards more ecologically-based pest management, but there remain still 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. Promising areas for future research will be identified.

Tuesday 26 March
19:00 Registration and welcome drinks (until 22:00)
Wednesday 27 March
08:00 Registration
09:00 Welcome words and introduction to the meeting
Bärbel Gerowitt and Felix Bianchi
09:10 Introduction to IOBC
John Holland, IPBC-liason officer WG LMFB
09:20 Session I – Pollination (chair: Graham Begg)
09:20 Late sowing of Phacelia tanacetifolia to favour wintering in Apis mellifera in Northern Italy.
Matteo Zugno, Manuela Giovanetti, Fatima Perez Garcia, Costanza Jucker, Daniela Lupi
09:40 Seasonal dynamics of floral resources for pollinators and natural enemies.
Willemien Geertsema, Felix Bianchi, Jacob Douma, Walter Rossing, Paul van Rijn, Joop Schaminée, Wopke van der Werf
10:00 Flower resources and visiting bees in Mediterranean coppice woodland in relation to management intensity and wildfire.
Simone Marini, Anna-Camilla Moonen
10:20 Mapping pollinator abundance in a biodiversity hotspot in Brazil from 1986 to 2015.
Lucas Carvalho Gomes, Felix Bianchi, Irene Cardoso, Elpidio Filho, Bas Arts, Rogier Schulte
10:40 Coffee / Tea break
11:10 Presentations and panel discussion on Netherlands National "Deltaplan for Biodiversity Recovery" (chair: Claudius van de Vijver)
12:40 Lunch and stretching legs
14:10 Session II – Feeding and Foraging (chair: Felix Bianchi)
14:10 Glyphosate based formulation with tank mixing adjuvants alter predatory behaviour of the ground dwelling lycosid spider Pardosa sp..
Jana Niedobová , Michal Skalský, Jana Ouředníčková, Radek Michalko
14:30 Taxonomic and functional diversity of Syrphidae and Carabidae auxiliary species in agricultural fields.
Marko Debeljak, Veronique Tosser, Véronique Sarthou, Vladimir Kuzmanovski, Aneta Trajanov
14:50 Functional diversity of edaphic microarthropods for snapshot soil quality assessment in Barbera vineyards.
Sauro Simoni, Silvia Guidi, Nadia Vignozzi, Giuseppe Valboa, Donatella Goggioli, Lorenzo Corino, Franca Tarchi, Elena Gagnarli
15:10 A multi-camera field set-up for tracing foraging behaviour of small insects.
Jessica de Bruijn, Ilka Vosteen, Louise Vet, Hans Smid
15:30 Coffee / Tea break
16:00 Session III: Flower and seed supply (chair: John Holland)
16:00 Flower selection of Xylocopa violacea: aromatic and ornamental plants as resources in a botanic garden.
Serena Malabusini, Marco Palamara Mesiano, Davide Zanovello, Claudia Giuliani, Gelsomina Fico, Manuela Giovanetti, Daniela Lupi
16:20 Seed availability in arable landscapes – can wildflower crops contribute?
Friederike de Mol, Dörte Zorn, Laura Tamms, Bärbel Gerowitt
16:40 Enhanced farmland biodiversity by micro segregation.
Christoph von Redwitz, Ruth Brose, Jörg Hoffmann, Michael Glemnitz
17:00 The role of flower-rich field margin strips for pollinators, natural enemies and pest control in arable fields.
Paul van Rijn, Mellany Klompe, Sander Elzerman, Marian Vlaswinkel & Hilfred Huiting
17:20 Poster session (accompanied by drinks) (chair: Bärbel Gerowitt)
  1. Effect of two biogas crops on beetle community structure.
Augusto Loni, Sergio Garavelli, Sara Savoldelli, Costanza Jucker, Matteo Zugno, Salvatore Roberto Pilu, Fabrizio Adani, Daniela Lupi
  2. Screening for large functional groups of Acari in olive groves at different plant densities.
Sauro Simoni, Elisabetta Gargani, Silvia Guidi, Donatella Goggioli, Elena Gagnarli, Pio Federico Roversi
  3. Costs of persisting unreliable memory: reduced foraging efficiency for free-flying parasitic wasps in a wind tunnel.
Jessica de Bruijn, Louise Vet, Hans Smid
  4. Mediterranean dry stone walls as elements of ecological infrastructure.
Kristijan Franin, Kristina Ivanov, Šime Marcelić, Gabrijela Kuštera Franin, Tomislav Kos
  5. Pollination and biological control services in Korla pear (Pyrus bretschneideri Rehd).
Qian Li, Felix Bianchi, Yanhui Lu, Bing Liu, and Wopke van der Werf
19:00 Buffet Dinner
20:30 No official programme
Thursday 28 March
09:00 Session IV: Seed Feeding (chair: Paul van Rijn)
09:00 Interactions between granivorous and carnivorous carabids affect weed seed predation.
Friederike de Mol, Wencke Ladwig, Paula Westerman
09:20 Toward a better prediction of in-field weed regulation by carabid beetles in European arable landscapes.
Benjamin Carbonne, David Bohan, Sandrine Petit
09:40 Post-dispersal seed predation can limit the number of seedlings of Echinochloa crus-galli.
Heike Pannwitt, Paula Westerman, Bärbel Gerowitt
10:00 Estimate the economic benefits of the post-dispersal seed predation of Echinochloa crus-galli to silage maize growers in a German region.
Han Zhang, Heike Pannwitt, Sabine Andert, Bärbel Gerowitt
10:20 Coffee / Tea break
10:50 Collaboration: IOBC-IP-comm
Bärbel Gerowitt
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Excursion in and around Wageningen (a.o., a visit to historical kitchen garden of King Willem III and a visit to Wageningen University campus)
19:00 Conference Dinner
21:00 Informal evening programme
Friday 29 March
09:00 Session V: Biodiversity in crops (chair: Han Zhang)
09:00 Patterns of cereal aphid infestation in autumn and implications for Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus control.
John Holland, Belinda Bown, Jasmine Clarke, Niamh McHugh
09:20 Microarthropods as drivers to indicate soil quality and management sustainability in Italian vineyards.
Elena Gagnarli, Roberto Nannelli, Silvia Guidi, Donatella Goggioli, Franca Tarchi, Sauro Simoni
09:40 Problematic weed species in organic arable agriculture around the Baltic Sea – do fears meet facts?
Merel Hofmeijer, Bo Melander, Roman Krawczyk, Jukka Salonen, Theo Verwijst, Livija Zarina, Bärbel Gerowitt
10:00 Evaluation of the push-pull system along a gradient of landscape complexity.
Yodit Kebede, Frédéric Baudron, Felix J.J.A. Bianchi, Pablo Tittonell
10:20 Coffee / Tea break
10:50 Session VI: Bio-control and landscape (chair: Daniela Lupi)
10:50 Disentangling local agronomic practices from agricultural landscape effects on pest biological control.
Pierre Franck, Benoit Ricci, Audrey Alignier, Stephanie Aviron, Luc Biju-Duval, Jean-Charles Bouvier, Jean-Philippe Choisis, Alexandre Joannon, Sylvie Ladet, Claire Lavigne, Florian Mézerette, Manuel Plantegenest, Gérard Savary, Cécile Thomas, Aude Vialatte, Sandrine Petit-Michaut
11:10 Effect of landscape composition on frog communities and their role in biocontrol of rice pests.
Daomeng Fu, Felix Bianchi, Yi Zou, Haijun Xiao, Joop de Kraker, Wopke van der Werf
11:30 Plant functional traits drive landscape effects on biological pest control.
Yavanna Aartsma, Yueyi Hao, Marcel Dicke, Wopke van der Werf, Erik Poelman, Felix Bianchi
11:50 Landscape structure as driver of avian-cross habitat spillover into agricultural matrices.
Andrea Larissa Boesing, Elizabeth Nichols, Thiago Simon Marques, Luiz Antonio Martinelli, Jean Paul Metzger
12:10 Wrap up of the meeting and closing remarks
Bärbel Gerowitt
12:30 Farewell lunch


Bugs at your Service Postgraduate Course - 31 March - 5 April 2019

bee-flowerWe are organising an in-depth postgraduate course aimed at PhD candidates, postdocs, and academic staff in connection with this IOBC-WPRS working group meeting. This course will run from Sunday evening 31 March until Friday 5 April 2019. In this course we will provide an overview of concepts and tools that can contribute to the design of multifunctional landscapes that are better suited to capitalize on ecosystem services in conjunction with other land use functions. The focus of the course will be on:

  1. Consumer-resource interactions underlying pollination and biocontrol services;
  2. The spatial ecology of pollinators and natural enemies;
  3. The impact of pest management practices on arthropod-mediated ecosystem services;
  4. The design of multifunctional landscapes that support arthropod-mediated ecosystem services as well as other land use functions

Aside from updating and deepening your scientific knowledge, this course also offers an excellent opportunity to broaden your network and to interact with world-class scientists in the field! More information about this course, as well as a link to register your participation, can be found here.

Conference venue

The Symposium will be held at Hotel De Wageningsche Berg, Wageningen, The Netherlands. The venue is located in a beautiful forested area overlooking the river Rhine, yet close to the centre of Wageningen and Wageningen University campus.


We are pleased to be able to offer a competitive rate of € 85,- per night (including breakfast) for your stay at the conference venue "Hotel De Wageningsche Berg". To make use of this special offer, you will have to submit a special hotel reservation form. The blank version of this form will be made available to you upon registration for the IOBC-WPRS meeting. Of course there are other options for staying overnight in and around Wageningen. For information on B&B's and hotels in Wageningen please visit Another option is Short Stay Wageningen. Furthermore, Airbnb offers several rooms in the area. Other hotels in the neighbourhood that are not mentioned on the website of "Proef Wageningen" are Fletcher Hotel Doorwerth-Arnhem in Doorwerth, Bilderberg Hotel Wolfheze in Wolfheze, Bilderberg Hotel De Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Bilderberg Hotel De Buunderkamp in Wolfheze, Bilderberg Hotel Klein Switzerland in Heelsum, and Hotel ReeHorst in Ede. Do note, however, that the conference venue is not actually located in the city centre of Wageningen, but a short distance away from the city, nicely situated on top of the glacial uplift just east of Wageningen. To help you with your stay in the city, we also suggest you have a look at the brochure "A Taste of Wageningen".


Hotel de Wageningsche Berg can be reached by public transport, however, it does take a few transfers when travelling from Schiphol Airport to the hotel. To facilitate participants of the IOBC meeting in this, we have arranged for a shuttle service between Ede-Wageningen train station and the conference venue. This shuttle service will be available on Tuesday evening between 17:00 and 20:00 hrs and on Wednesday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 hrs. In the registration form, you can indicate whether or not you would be interested in making use of this shuttle service, so we have an idea of the number of people to cater for. Direct trains depart from Schiphol Airport for Ede-Wageningen (direction Arnhem/Nijmegen), an approx. 1 hour train ride. At Ede-Wageningen railway station, you can use the shuttle service we provide, take a taxi to the hotel, or take a regular bus to Wageningen centre and from there another bus in the direction of Arnhem. Those arriving by car: Hotel de Wageningsche Berg has its own free parking facilities.

Conference Fees 1
IOBC members and PhD candidates 3 € 350,- € 400,-
All others 3 € 500,- € 550,-

1 The conference fee includes:

  • Admission to all scientific sessions;
  • Welcome drinks on Tuesday 26 March;
  • A PDF of the IOBC Bulletin;
  • Coffee/tea breaks and lunches throughout the conference;
  • Dinner on Wednesday and Thursday (a conference dinner and a buffet dinner);
  • A guided excursion in the region

2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 1 MARCH 2019 EXTENDED TO 15 MARCH 2019
3 The Graduate School PE&RC offers a subsidy for its members to participate in this meeting. Thus, if you are a PE&RC member (PhD, postdoc, or academic staff), and you wish to participate in this conference, please contact our office at

  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to, including ALL relevant details that should be mentioned on the invoice (e.g., purchase order no., specific addresses, attendees, etc.).
  • Please make sure that your payment, if applicable, is arranged within two weeks after your registration.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that he/she (or his/her secretary) completes the payment correctly and in time.
Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the event, cancellation is free of charge.
  • Up to 1 (one) week prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 275,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within one week prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 350,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all without informing us prior to the event, a fee of € 500,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us!

More information

Dr Felix Bianchi
Phone: +31 317 481197

Dr Lennart Suselbeek
Phone: +31 317 485426


To register, please enter your details below and click "Register".

You can check your IOBC membership ID here:
To facilitate participants of the IOBC meeting in reaching the conference venue, we have arranged for a shuttle service between Ede-Wageningen train station and Hotel de Wageningsche Berg. This shuttle service will be available on Tuesday evening between 17:00 and 20:00 hrs and on Wednesday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 hrs. Here, you can indicate whether or not you would be interested in making use of this shuttle service, so we have an idea of the number of people to cater for.