Emergency Summit for the Control of
Leatherjackets using Integrated Pest Management

This event takes place on Wednesday 14th July! This is a half-day virtual event.

Leatherjacket larvae are causing extensive damage to turf – this year, these pests have reached an all-time high, thanks to a lack of effective chemical pesticides, and the fact that they have thrived in quiet, unused areas during the COVID pandemic.

Join us to learn how to address cultural, physical, mechanical, chemical, and biological pest control in the golf/sports turf and amenity sector – with a particular focus on the effective management of leatherjackets (crane fly larvae) and chafer grubs.

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Final Programme

09:00 am

Welcome and opening remarks!

Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder and Chairman of the World BioProtection Forum

09:10 am

Agronomist experience: The rise of the leatherjackets

Greg Evans, Master Greenkeeper

09:20 am

Cultural, Physical and Mechanical control of Leatherjackets in turf

Dr Colin Mumford, Technical Support Manager, Bayer CropScience Ltd

09:45 am

Biological control of Tipulids using Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis and entomopathogenic nematodes.

Prof Ralf-Udo Ehlers, Founder of e-nema, Germany

10:15 am

Current chemistry and their recommendation

Glenn Kirby, Technical Manager, Syngenta

10:45 am

Utilizing current technologies in an integrated approach

Peter Corbett, Technical Manager, Rigby Taylor

11:15 am

Beneficial nematodes: When and How to apply?

Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder and CEO, Bionema

11:45 am

Case study 1 - Leatherjacket control at Neath Golf Club

Mark Tucker, Head Greenkeeper, Neath Golf Club

12:00 pm

Case study 2 - Nematode success for leatherjacket control at Constantine Cricket Club

Simon Johnson, Southwest Regional Pitch Advisor, GMA

12:15 pm



12:45 pm

Thanks, and close

Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder and Chairman of the World BioProtection Forum



Dr Minshad Ansari,
Founder and CEO of Bionema Ltd, and Chairman of the WBF

Minshad is the Chairman of World Bioprotection Forum (which has organised this Emergency Summit). He is passionate about developing and commercialising natural bioproducts to protect crops from pests and diseases, reducing the use of synthetic pesticides, enhancing food security and increasing crop yields. Minshad has >20 years of experience in developing and launching bioprotectors in AgriTech sector, having published >70 research publications in international journals and received many prestigious business innovation awards. He is the Founder and CEO of Bionema, a bioprotectant technology company.


Greg Evans,
Master Greenkeeper

Greg Evans achieved Master Greenkeeper status in 2010 – one of less than 100 people in the world who have achieved this accreditation. At that time he started an agronomy business focusing on the performance side of the golf industry in particular. His background was amateur golf, where he was successful at national level before going into the maintenance side of the industry. He is very data driven and is committed to achieving tournament-standard conditions, every day of the year, whatever the size of the budget. Over the last few years, he has seen leatherjackets become a huge problem in the golf industry and is now working with clubs on how to deal and manage this pest.


Dr Colin Mumford,
Bayer CropScience Ltd

Technical Support Manager, Bayer CropScience Ltd

With a background in golf course management, as well as wide-ranging experience and qualifications in the amenity and sports turf sector, Colin’s role as technical support manager at Bayer is largely focused on advising industry professionals with general management, best practice, and technical advice. Colin also overseas new product trials in the UK and Ireland.


Prof Ralf-Udo Ehlers,
Founder of e-nema

Dr Ralf-Udo Ehlers is a renowned scientist who is deeply engaged in European research projects concerning bio-control methods. He is the founder of the company E-nema GmbH, producing nematodes and microorganisms to be used in pest control. He is guest professor at Gent University (Belgium) and supervised several PhD students.


Glenn Kirby
Technical Manager, Syngenta

Glenn brings 30 years’ experience of practical turf management skills from both downland and parkland environments, along with experience from both corporate and members’ golf clubs. He has been at Syngenta since 2018. Glenn and his team offer an unrivalled understanding of issues facing the UK turf industry, and they use the company’s immense R&D capability to develop practical solutions for an effective Integrated Turf Management approach.


Peter Corbett, Rigby Taylor

Peter has many years senior management experience in distribution businesses. He is responsible for the product development, technical support and marketing of solutions for Rigby Taylor . As an environmental scientist he is a strong believer in the benefits of integrated management to provide end users with sustainable solutions. He is a long time supporter of the Amenity Forum and a keen advocate of making sure end users understand how to get the best from their investment in product solutions.   


Mark Tucker,
Head Greenkeeper, Neath Golf Course

Mark is Head Greenkeeper at Neath Golf Course, with 25 years’ experience greenkeeping at some of the UK’s ‘Top 100’ courses. Neath Golf Club is an 18-hole Championship Heathland course designed by James Braid in 1934.