|The Center for Biological Control Mission is to facilitate the
implementation of biological control through research, training and outreach
programs; provide or support forums for intellectual discussion; provide a
structure for the development of interagency cooperation for biological
control; and publicly promote the benefits of biological control and
- Develop new opportunities for research and extension activities in
- Increase capacity-building through funds for graduate and postdoctoral
training in biological control
- Facilitate collaboration between biological control programs in California
via coordination of annual conferences, working groups and lecture series.
What is Biological Control? Biological Control is
the use of natural enemies to control pests. To get a more detailed
understanding of biological control, visit our informative page that
describes some of the history and breadth of this science.
Giving to the Center
Associated working groups
Aphthona flea beetle feeding
on the weed, leafy
spurge. USDA-ARS photo.
| Dr. Kent Daane is a Specialist at UC Berkeley and is
in charge of the Biological Control Laboratory at the Kearney Agricultural
Center, and works on biological control of pest problems in almonds, grapes, olives and lettuce.
Nicholas J. Mills is a Professor of Entomology at UC Berkeley. His
research focuses on natural enemy ecology and biological control of pests in forest and agroecosystems.Current projects include research on controls for light brown apple moth and aphids.
Ray Carruthers, USDA-ARS
Kent Daane, UC Berkeley
Andrew Gutierrez, UC Berkeley
Marshall Johnson, UC Riverside
Nick Mills, UC Berkeley
Charlie Pickett, CDFA
The Center for Biological Control is administered by
two faculty Co-directors, Dr. Nicholas Mills and Dr. Kent Daane, Department of Environmental
Science, Policy and Management. The Center reports to the Executive
Associate Dean of Research of the College of Natural Resources.
Center affiliated faculty are housed within several departments in the
College. The Center has a Steering Committee that oversees and
provides direction for research and extension activities, and is comprised
of biological control researchers from within the UC system, USDA-ARS, and
California Dept. of Food and Agriculture. Our Advisory Committee
will include private sector and government members, and will provide
guidance on setting goals, policy and Center direction.