Short CV of Patrick De Clercq

Patrick De Clercq is an agricultural entomologist (PhD, 1993) and currently senior lecturer at the Department of Crop Protection of Ghent University, Belgium. The research of his group focuses on the biological and integrated control of arthropod pests, with emphasis on the potential of predatory insects and mites for augmentative biological control. His main interests lie in mass rearing and quality control, risk assessment of biological control and non-target effects of pesticides and transgenic crops. He teaches at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University in several courses related to crop protection and integrated pest management, applied entomology and organic production.

He has been co-convenor of the IOBC Global Working Group on "Mass Rearing and Quality Assurance" (previously "Arthropod Mass Rearing and Quality Control") since 2001 and co-organizer of several of its workshops. He is also a member of the panel on "Biological Control Agents" of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) and IOBC, focusing on risks and regulation of invertebrate biological control agents. Since 2005, he has been an associate editor of the IOBC journal BioControl. Further, he is also a subject editor for the Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection. He was a member of the Panel on Plant Health of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) between 2006 and 2009. He serves as an expert for the scientific committee on "Transgenic Plants" of the Belgian Biosafety Advisory Council since 2003. He is involved in the organization of the annual International Symposium on Crop Protection (Ghent, Belgium), of which he was the Secretary-General between 1998 and 2002.