IPM Expo 2019

Join us as we host our IPM Expo 2019 which includes a series of short punchy presentations across a range of crop protection topics, all within the context of pesticide reduction and integrated pest management.

• IPM Expo 2019, 26th June: Brinsbury College

This event is registered with BASIS and NRoSO.

In association with Bioline Agrosciences

This event is jam packed full of the latest IPM thinking and includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Programme of the day
  • 09:30 - Registration and refreshments
  • 10:00 - Welcome and introduction (Dr Josh Burnstone) 
  • 10:10 - IPM an overview – including short piece on monitoring, traps and lures (David Hide)
  • 10:50 - Technology and decision making with a focus on biopesticides (Ant Surrage)
  • 11:30 - Developments in spider mite control (Dr Caroline Reid)
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 13:00 - Nematodes made simple - a practical guide to success (Stuart Mills)
  • 13:40 - New solutions for plant nutrition and growth (Sean Whitworth)
  • 14:10 - New Pests New IPM strategies (Neil Helyer)
  • 15:00 - Question time and summing up (Dr Joshua Burnstone)
  • 15:30 - Depart

This is a cross sector event and will contain information relevant to anyone working in, or studying, ornamental, protected edible or soft fruit crops. Ticket revenue will be donated to Perennial (Charity number: 1155156). 


Ant Surrage

Ant developed a passion for horticulture having grown up on an ornamental nursery in East Sussex. He then went on to study plant biology at University, specialising in stress factors and their effects on plant cellular regulation. Ant joined Fargro in early 2018 as a technical development specialist, working on a range of biopesticides and crop protection products. Since starting the role Ant has taken a keen interest in remote sensing and how new insight from better data can help growers optimise their crops. 

Ant’s talk will focus on how data can help growers get the best from biopesticides. Looking at case studies over the past year and the potential role analytics can have in crop protection.


Dr Joshua Burnstone

Having completed an M.Sc. in Applied Entomology at Imperial College, Joshua moved to Warwick in 2005 to undertake a Ph.D. focusing on the biology and behaviour of thrips. Having completed his thesis, Joshua joined Fargro in autumn 2010 as a technical development specialist, and concentrated on running Fargro’s trials programme, in particular focusing on new products and biopesticides. Joshua became Technical Manager in 2016 and joined Fargro’s Board of Directors in 2018. He now runs Fargro’s Technical Department which provides detailed agronomic services and advice to growers nationwide and supports and markets a range of specialist plant protection products and solutions.

Sean Whitworth

Sean has worked in horticulture for 30 years,  starting his career  at P A Moermans growing a variety of pot plants,  before moving to Kingfisher nursery, the UK’s leading heather specialist in 2003. While at Kingfisher, Sean developed an understanding of IPM and the importance of plant nutrition and was first exposed to the use of biocontrol for crop protection. In 2011 Sean became the grower manager for Westside nursery where he was able to implement a range of IPM strategies including regular introductions of  biological controls and biofungicides which he used alongside crop specific plant nutrition in order to deliver high quality ornamental plants with minimal pesticide inputs.

In 2018 Sean joined Fargro as a growing  media and fertiliser specialist. His presentation will focus on his experience of working with growers on delivering healthy crops by a process of plant nutrition tailoring. Sean will explain the importance of soil sampling and his experience of introducing some organic fertilisers into the nutrition mix. The benefits of this innovative approach will be only too clear to see!

Neil Helyer

Neil has over 40 years’ experience as an entomologist/IPM specialist.  He spent almost 20 years as a research scientist, having written several refereed scientific papers, numerous magazine articles and book chapters, he is also lead author of the Colour Handbook of Biological Control in Plant Protection.  He currently makes many advisory visits to horticultural growers throughout the UK and Ireland to develop and monitor IPM programmes, the majority being specifically designed for each site and crop.  

We are constantly under threat of new pests or diseases invading the country, the majority of these will be notifiable to APHA and may have a destruction order placed on them.  However, we are also finding several ‘native’ pests increasing their host plant range, frequently these require a different approach to managing them. Neil’s presentation  will provide an overview of some of these ‘new’ pests and provide a range of IPM solutions for their control.

David Hide

David is an IPM specialist who joined Fargro in 2013 after a career working in production horticulture. Having studied horticulture in the 1980s his career began to take a new path while working at the RHS when he first became a BASIS qualified storekeeper, quickly followed by gaining agronomy qualifications in crop protection and fertilisers and plant nutrition. 

IPM Overview: All growers must follow IPM and seek to play their part in pesticide reduction. David’s presentation will provide an introduction that underpins the day’s other presentations.  He will also look at one crucial area of IPM which is often overlooked, that of monitoring and trapping through the use of a wide range of pheromone lures and an increasing range of sticky traps.

Dr Caroline Reid 

Caroline is senior technical lead for Bioline Agrosciences and has worked in the Horticultural industry for 30 years since gaining a PhD at University of Lancaster in 1992.  She  worked at the R&D sites at GCRI Littlehampton and Stockbridge House, and for the last 20 years for Bioline in both technical and commercial roles.

Spider mite control has leapt forward in the last few years with the introduction of new species for it’s control, such as 
 Amblyseius andersoni, new formulations of existing products like Neoseiulus (Amblyseius) californicus in sachets and products that have some level of incidental control like Typhlodromips (Amblyseius) montdorensis and Amblyseius swirskii.  
This is alongside the more commonly used biocontrols 
Phytoseiulus persimilis and Feltiella acarisuga.  Caroline’s presentation describes how these should be used together in your crops.

Stuart Mills

Stuart has over thirty years of  experience working on  nurseries, including  twenty years as a crop protection specialist where he implemented IPM whilst growing a wide range of HNS and ornamental crops. Now at Fargro, he advises growers on  all aspects of IPM and other technical matters in his role of IPM specialist within Fargro’s Technical Department.

Nematodes are used widely within both ornamental and edible production to control a diverse range of pests, including vine weevil larvae, caterpillars, thrips and slugs. Stuart’s talk will provide a practical guide to the application of these nematodes and an overview of each nematode ensuring that the operator selects the right product for the job.

Posted on 21/06/2019