Stored-Product Pests: Biological Control

Authored by: Lise Stengård Hansen

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

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

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
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Stored grain and other durables of plant origin, raw and processed, can become infested by insect and mite pests. As the environment in storage facilities in general is conducive to rapid pest development, this often results in substantial quantitative and qualitative losses. Beneficial insects are often found in storage facilities and may prevent or delay pest development. Although the concept is not new, biological control of stored-product pests is still not widely used. This entry gives some examples of the recent development within biological control of stored-product pests using beneficial insects and mites.

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