Welcome to the International Bioherbicide Group Website

The International Bioherbicide Group is a freely organized group of researchers interested in the different aspects of the “inundative” biological control of weeds.

The aim of this International Bioherbicide Group is to provide a forum for scientists and students from around the world to present and discuss their research into plant pathogens and natural metabolites as bioherbicides. Although bioherbicides have proven to be an alternative to conventional weed control approaches, many constraints remain that must be overcome to enable their wider application. The need for effective bioherbicides is increasing with the ever-increasing evolution of herbicide resistance in weeds, public health and environmental concerns over herbicide use, increasing industry and market requirements for residue-free farm produce, regulatory constraints on herbicide application practices, fewer new herbicides becoming available, withdrawal of herbicides from the market, and the global increase in organic agriculture.

The group meets from time to time by organizing IBG Workshops, usually in conjunction with related International Congresses. The next Workshop will be held in Argentina in 2023. Please consider coming to Argentina in May 2023 to share your insights into how we can overcome the barriers to the wider adoption of bioherbicides. Please visit the relevant pages for further information.

A Newsletter is also published, usually twice a year, thanks to the volunteer contributions of people from the group.

If you want to send any contributions on this topic (i.e. research results, images, past or future meetings or congresses, publications, grants, working group activities, theses, seminars, etc.) please e-mail Maurizio Vurro, editor of the Newsletter, or use the form available in this site.

The Newsletter is periodically sent by e-mail to the Group.

All the published issues are available on this site.

Please consider that the content of the newsletter is under the exclusive responsibility of the colleagues that have supplied the news to the editor.

The Newsletter is an unofficial publication and cannot be used as reference material.


Qiang Sheng
Weed Research Laboratory,
Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, CHINA
Phone: +86.25.84395115; e-mail: wrl@njau.edu.cn

Graeme Bourdôt
AgResearch Lincoln, Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND
Phone: +64.3.9833973; Fax : +64.3.9833946; e-mail: graeme.bourdot@agresearch.co.nz

Maurizio Vurro
Institute of Sciences of Food Production – C.N.R. Bari – ITALY
Phone: +39.0805929331; Fax: +39.0805929374; e-mail: maurizio.vurro@ispa.cnr.it

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