XIVth International Symposium


Download the proceedings of the conference here

Important Dates

Should any of the delegates wish to run an evening workshop during the course of the symposium, please provide a workshop title to impsonf@arc.agric.za, so that it can be placed online as soon as possible.

No registrations will be accepted after 31 December 2013 and registrations not paid for by then will be cancelled by the organisers.


A 50% refund will be provided for cancellations on or before 31 December 2013. No refunds can be provided thereafter.

The XIV International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds will take place from 2nd to 7th March 2014 in Kruger National Park, South Africa, at the Nombolo Mdhuli Conference Centre, Skukuza.

South Africa has a long history of biological control of weeds, and celebrates its centenary during 2013 after beginning in 1913 with the highly-successful introduction of a cochineal insect against a prickly pear cactus, Opuntia monacantha. Over the ensuing 100 years some 73 plant species have been targets for biological control. Agents have become established on 48 of the targeted species and South Africa remains committed to expanding this area of research. To celebrate this historical occasion, we look forward to hosting a gathering which will bring together world leaders in the field, to share experiences and exchange knowledge in a congenial corner of our country.

The symposium will provide an opportunity for delegates to present novel research on all aspects of biological weed control and to discuss the way forward for the discipline.

Kruger National Park was established in 1898 and is the flagship of the South African National Parks. It covers an area of nearly 2 million hectares and is home to a wide range of species including 507 birds, 336 trees, 147 mammals and 114 reptiles. Skukuza is the largest camp in Kruger, situated in the southern part of the park on the banks of the Sabie River. For more information visit: www.sanparks.org.za/parks/kruger


The recently-completed Nombolo Mdhuli Conference Centre is a state of the art facility. The main conference hall can comfortably accommodate up to 500 delegates, and four breakaway / workshop rooms are available for smaller meetings.

Accommodation consists of separate lodgings, including chalets and safari tents, each of which sleeps two people. Each unit (including the tents) has its own mini fridge, and some units have hotplates and kitchenettes, whilst others share communal kitchen facilities. All units have their own braai/barbeque facilities and the chalets are all air-conditioned. While the units can be booked for individuals, it is much cheaper to share and you are encouraged to do so. Breakfast is not included in the costs of accommodation but there is a shop in the camp where provisions can be purchased for self catering.

Although Skukuza has coverage for mobile telephones, there is currently no internet available or wi-fi coverage at the conference centre. There is mobile phone and 3G connection throughout the Skukuza rest camp and a small internet cafe is open daily next to the main restaurant and shop.

Skukuza has two restaurants to choose from, both open daily between 06h00 and 22h30 during the week and 12-15h00 and 18h00-22h30 over weekends. Other facilities include a deli, well equipped shop, banking facilities, laundromat, two swimming pools and a 9-hole golf course. A doctor is available on call.

All accommodation is electrified (NB South Africa operates on 220-240 volts) and plugs are of the large 3-point round pin variety (triangular pattern), with smaller two-point round pin adapters being available.

Night time/sunset game drives in open air vehicles (with trained officials) can be booked daily at reception. These must be arranged and paid for independently. Warm clothing is recommended.


You are encouraged to complete the online registration form as soon as possible. While we would prefer you to register online, if this is not possible, please use this link to download the form and complete offline, then submit it by fax or attached to an email to the contact address given on the form. In the interim it would be useful if you could complete the expression of interest form immediately if you think you might attend the congress.

Please direct any queries to Jackey Deacon by fax: 086 6130 360 or E-mail: dot@mpu.co.za. No registrations will be accepted after 31 December 2013 and registrations not paid for by then will be cancelled by the organisers. Your full Symposium registration fee includes:

Registration for accompanying persons includes the three evening functions.

Full registration
Early Bird Delegate fee (payments by 01 July 2013) Includes registration fee, 4 lunches, daily teas, 3 evening functions R   3,200.00
Standard registration (payments by 31 December 2013) Includes registration fee, 4 lunches, daily teas, 3 evening functions R 3,700.00
Accompanying person fee 3 evening functions R   800.00


Online presentation and abstract submissions has closed. The prelimary Scientific Programme is available for download here. Abstracts have been accepted on merit and on a 'first-come-first-serve' basis. Within 14 working days of receiving your abstract the organisers will inform you of whether it has been accepted, either as a talk or as a poster. No abstracts will be accepted after 31 December 2013. The abstract should not exceed 300 words.

Oral presentations - Instructions Standard audio-visual equipment will be supplied for the symposium and a room will be available on site to upload and review your presentation. Please have your presentation available as a PowerPoint presentation, and bring a copy of the presentation on a USB. Technical assistance will be available at the conference facility and each presenter will be responsible for reporting in good time to upload their presentation. With the exception of the plenary talk, oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes (including question time).

Poster presentations - Instructions We have decided to break with tradition and posters will not be on display on poster boards in the format that they have been displayed at previous biocontrol symposia. As an alternative please bring some printed copies of your poster in A4 format, so that these can be available to delegates at a designated area at the venue. The 'poster' presenters will each be allocated a 2 minute time slot in the programme and using a maximum of three slides, the authors will be afforded the opportunity to briefly talk about their research and present the main take home message.


i) Barriers to biological control in the developing world - Arne Witt

ii) Chromolaena - Costas Zachiarides

iii) Tamarix - Jack de Loach


The proceedings of the 2014 meeting will be produced in CD format. In order to facilitate prompt output of the proceedings of this meeting, we would like to ask all authors to ensure that they provide us with peer reviewed copies of their full length papers before the end of the first week in May 2014. Papers should be presented in the format of the journal 'Biological Control'


Registration will take place on Sunday 2nd March followed by a welcome reception in the evening. The symposium proceedings will run from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th March, inclusive, and you will have two evenings free to spend at your leisure. As has been the tradition at several previous symposia, there will be an 'international wine tasting evening', which will allow delegates to sample beverages from all over the world. To allow this to take place, please bring along a bottle of something that is traditional or special to your country. The symposium will end with a closing dinner on Thursday 6th March. There will be no parallel sessions during the symposium however presenters are kindly requested to adhere strictly to their time allocations. There will be no mid-symposium tours, however to allow delegates to get the full benefit of their experience in the park, morning sessions will begin at 09h00 and the afternoon sessions will end at 16h00.


Climate and health issues:

You will be visiting the Kruger National Park towards the end of summer. The park is in a summer rainfall area and heavy downpours can occur between the months of October and April. Average temperatures for this time of year are 27C, with daily maximum temperatures reaching 31C and minimum temperatures of 19C, so be prepared to expect a relatively warm and humid climate. Air conditioning is provided at the conference facility and within the chalets for your comfort. Please also note that Kruger National Park is within a malaria area. Anti-malaria prophylactics are recommended for visitors to the park. Please consult a knowledgeable medical practitioner or recognized travel clinic about recommended medication, as certain products can cause nausea, hallucinations or other negative side effects with certain people. The threat of malaria should not affect your decision to enjoy and experience the Kruger Park - it is just something you should be aware of so that you take reasonable precautions.


Kruger National Park Gate times: Entrance and camp gates open at 05h30 and close at 18h00 during March. The park officials stick strictly to these times and penalty fines are incurred for late arrivals. If you are self-driving, you will need to ensure that you arrive at your chosen entrance gate with enough time to spare to reach Skukuza camp before 18h00. Please visit the SANParks website for travel times between entrance gates and Skukuza rest camp. Please visit the SANParks website for travel times between entrance gates and Skukuza rest camp.

Getting to Kruger National Park: The closest airport is the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), Nelspruit, which is situated approximately 100km from the nearest entry gate to Skukuza. The following car rental companies are situated at the airport, if you wish to self drive to the park:

Alternatively we recommend that you make use of a shuttle service which will be arranged for transportation to Skukuza (see registration information). There are a limited number of flights which fly in (and out) of KMIA, and shuttle services will be arranged to coincide with flight arrivals as closely as possible. Please note however, that flights arriving at KMIA after 16h00 or departing KMIA before 08h00 do not fit in with Kruger Park gate closure and opening times and we will not be able to arrange shuttle collection or drop off accordingly. O.R.Tambo International airport, Johannesburg is a 4-5 hour drive from Kruger National Park. Once in the park, for those delegates wishing to hire vehicles for self drive game viewing, there is an Avis car rental office at Skukuza rest camp. Pre booking may well be advisable in order to secure a vehicle.

Travel within park - pool vehicle hire option: For international delegates, the organisers are planning to hire 10-seater vehicles to be used for early morning and late afternoon game drives for the duration of the symposium. These vehicles will be driven by local delegates, who are knowledgeable about the park and its flora and fauna. If you want to be included in this option, please ensure that you have completed section E) TRAVEL WITHIN THE PARK on the registration form and include payment for this option. There will unfortunately be no chance to take up this option after final registration or when you have arrived in Skukuza.


Please direct all queries to :

Jackey Deacon

Fax: 086 6130 360 or E-mail: dot@mpu.co.za

XIV International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds Organising Committee

  • Fiona Impson
  • John Hoffmann
  • Martin Hill
  • Julie Coetzee
  • Andrew McConnachie
  • Llewellyn Foxcroft
  • Jackey Deacon
  • Catharina Kleinjan

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