Published Online: 15 APR 2003
Copyright © 2003 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.
Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals
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Lewis, L. C. 2003. Biological Control. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .
- Published Online: 15 APR 2003
Biological control is the action of natural enemies in maintaining another organism's population density at a lower level than would otherwise occur. In this article, however, the traditional definition has been expanded to include chemicals that duplicate or mimic natural ones. The major effort in biological control has been focused on the suppression of populations of pest insects. However, biological control of weeds and plant pathogens is a very active area of research.
- biological control;
- insect predators;
- phytophagus insects