QUALITY CONTROL GUIDELINES
programmes for natural enemies are being established as a result of
an intensive cooperation between researchers and biocontrol practitioners.
Quality control guidelines for a number of natural enemies were first
drafted at the 7th workshop of the IOBC Global WG on Quality Control
of Mass Reared Arthropods in Wageningen, The Netherlands (1991) and
were further refined and extended to other species in the framework
of an IOBC/EC funded European project. European as well as American
producers of natural enemies (represented by IBMA and ANBP, respectively)
have now adopted these IOBC guidelines for their product control procedures.
At present, quality
control guidelines are available for some 30 beneficial insects and
mites. These guidelines refer to product control procedures, not to
production or process control. They were designed to be as uniformly
as possible so the producers can use them in a standardized manner.
The measures should preferably be carried out by the producer after
all handling procedures just before shipment.
Guidelines for 30
commercially available arthropod natural enemies have been published
van Lenteren, J.C.,
A. Hale, J.N. Klapwijk, J. van Schelt & S. Steinberg (2003). Guidelines
for quality control of commercially produced natural enemies. In: J.C.
van Lenteren (ed.), Quality control and production of biological control
agents: theory and testing procedures. CAB International, Wallingford,
UK, pp. 265-303.
A pdf-file containing
guidelines for 18 natural enemies (version 2002) can be downloaded free