Leading entomologist joins the World BioProtection Forum

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Dr Sam Jones, technical manager at International Pheromone Systems (IPS) has joined the advisory board of the World BioProtection Forum (WBF) to help drive the organisation’s activities and advance the bioprotection sector globally.

Biological solutions for the control of pests and diseases present a fast-growing segment of AgriTech, and they offer a safe and sustainable alternative to chemical pesticides.

This is particularly important as more chemicals are being withdrawn from the market due to their increasing incidence of environmental, human health and pest resistance, leaving growers helpless in the fight against a growing number of crop pests and diseases.

The WBF is founded on the belief that, by creating the connections that allow individuals and companies to take biological technologies forward, the sector can more successfully provide the much-needed solutions without disturbing the environment.

Dr Jones holds a PhD in Chemical Ecology from the University of Sussex, a Masters in Entomology from Imperial College and Undergraduate degrees in Zoology and Chemistry from the Universities of Leeds and Leicester, respectively. He won the Dunlop Polymer Prize in Chemistry while studying at the University of Leicester. He uses his academic and industrial experience to develop and commercialise insect

Dr Jones said: “It’s an honour to be part of this important organisation and I am very much looking forward to contributing to its impactful work in the future.”

Dr Minshad Ansari, founder and chairman of WBF, said: “We welcome Dr Jones to the advisory board. He brings a wealth of academic and commercial expertise to WBF, which will greatly benefit our members globally as we work to turbo-charge innovation, commercialisation and uptake of bioprotection products in a real green revolution.”

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