Welcome to the IOBC-ATRS website. The International Organisation for Biological Control – Afrotropical Regional Section (IOBC-ATRS) covers the area of South, Central, Eastern and Western Africa and associated islands – all countries except Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.
Africa has a long and successful history of biological control. Among the highlights are the biological control of the cassava mealybug, the cassava green mite and the mango mealybug, as well as the biological control of invasive alien plants, particularly in South, Western and Eastern Africa, and waterweeds in particular across the region. For a resource-scarce region such as sub-Saharan Africa, biological control provides a sustainable, long-term contribution to the control of agricultural and environmental pests. Several international institutions on the continent have spearheaded these efforts, with significant contributions from many national institutions.
IOBC-ATRS functions to connect the practitioners of biological control across the region, to allow the exchange of information and expertise, and to increase awareness of both novel and established pests across the continent, and efforts to control them. IOBC-ATRS also links African practitioners to the global biological control community, for their mutual benefit.
Members of the IOBC-ATRS are automatically members of the global IOBC. This allows members to apply for funding to attend various conferences, and members also receive the annual newsletter and email updates about events or opportunities in the biological control field. Members can also subscribe to the journal BioControl at a reduced fee. IOBC-ATRS is one of six Regional Sections of the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC).