After processing these data, we're hoping to use satellite photos to have a precise map of silverleaf nightshade populations and densities in various areas of Greece," says Javid Kashefi, an EBCL
entomologist stationed at the American Farm School in Thessaloniki.
From Montpellier's seaside airport, EBCL scientists routinely hop flights to the pests' points of origin in North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Asia to collect natural enemies.
With all the concern about invasive, nonnative species, we're on the forefront of the only proven, sustainable technology to deal long-term with the problems that have already been introduced," says EBCL director Paul C.
EBCL is about a 20-minute drive from downtown Montpellier on France's Mediterranean coast.
EBCL is like an overseas outpost where the natural enemies of pests that scientists have collected can be reared, tested, packaged, and shipped stateside for use in classical biocontrol programs.
One EBCL biocontrol success story is its research on seven parasites and one predator species from western Europe for control of alfalfa weevils.