Invitation to chafer grub and leatherjacket summit

17 April 2019 Announcement


An emergency summit is to be held with the aim of finding industry-led solutions to the threat of chafer grubs and leatherjackets in the turf industry.

The summit will take place on 9 May at Burton Albion Football Club, Staffordshire, and BIGGA members who attend the event will be able to claim five BIGGA CPD points.

Due to the withdrawal of so many chemicals that were routinely used to keep golf courses and sports pitches free of pests have been withdrawn, this summit will explore the current challenges in sustaining turf quality in a chemical-free environment.

The event is supported by Bionema, Rigby Taylor, Maxstim, EcoSpray and E Marker A/S and is being hosted in association with BIGGA, the IOG and HorticulturalWeek.

Dr Minshad A Ansari, founder and CEO of Bionema, said: "This summit is the first step in working together as an industry - pooling our knowledge and using all the tools we have in an integrated way to achieve control of these devastating pests."

The event will seek to establish the extent of the problem faced by the turf and amenity sector and offer a better understanding of the pests and the current controls available. It will culminate in an interactive debate, chaired by representatives of BIGGA, the IOG and HorticulturalWeek. This will help plan the next steps for the industry to take to combat the pest threat.

The summit will conclude with an insight into research and development in the control of chafer grubs and leatherjackets in the turf and amenity sector by Dr Ansari.

Attendance is free, but spaces are limited, so it is recommended to book early. To book a place contact Matt Rogers on or call 07786991146.

For more information, visit the Bionema website.


Karl Hansell
BIGGA | Communications Executive


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