Insects and Mites: Biological Control

Authored by: Ann E. Hajek

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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Biological control is defined as the use of natural enemies to suppress a pest population, making the pests and their associated damage less abundant. Specific strategies have been developed for release of natural enemies or enhancement of their persistence and activity. Biological control agents are widely used for control in environmentally sensitive areas or controlled environments and constitute important components of integrated pest management programs.

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