March 1998, Volume 19 No. 1
Over its seventy-year history, the International Institute of Biological Control (IIBC) has grown and changed dramatically, but it has always remained a part of what is now CAB INTERNATIONAL (or CABI, formerly the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux), along with other scientific institutes dedicated to mycology, entomology and para-sitology. In 1998, these four institutes have been integrated into a new entity, CABI BIOSCIENCE, which will merge CABI's worldwide scientific activities in the characterization and utilization of biodiversity for pest and disease management, environmental conservation and other crucial needs of the 21st Century. IIBC's former biological control activity will be substantially enhanced by closer co-ordination with biosystematics expertise in nematode, fungal, bacterial and insect biological control agents, and by addition of substantial groups involved in biological management of plant diseases and nematodes and the management of insect pests by entomophilic nematodes.
I have the exciting job of directing CABI BIOSCIENCE's new programme in biological pest management, which will focus on five areas: biological control of invertebrate pests, weed biological control, biopesticides, bio-logy and management of plant diseases and nematodes, and IPM training and implementation. Our work will be run out of six CABI BIOSCIENCE Centres (formerly IIBC Stations) in Trinidad & Tobago, UK, Switzerland, Kenya, Pakistan and Malaysia. In 1998, this work will involve about 100 projects around the world. In co-operation with CABI Publishing Division, we will continue to bring you this journal and other publications in biological control, and we look forward to working with you into the next Century.