Microbial biocontrol agents

An annotated selection of World Wide Web sites relevant to the topics in Microbial Biotechnology

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  • Lawrence P. Wackett

    McKnight Professor
    1. Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, BioTechnology Institute, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA
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The microbial world: Biocontrol

http://archive.bio.ed.ac.uk/jdeacon/microbes/control.htm

This interesting webpage goes into details about several microbial control agents. These include Bacillus thuringiensis, a non-infectious Agrobacterium tumefacians as a control for crown gall disease and several fungal biocontrol agents.

Biocontrol; Microbe wiki

http://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Biocontrol

This site provides a broad definition of microbial biocontrol agents and gives several examples of these agents.

Bacillus thuringiensis

http://www.bt.ucsd.edu/index.html

This site focuses on the use of B. thuringiensis in agriculture and has nice graphics, some animations and links to further information.

Association of natural biocontrol producers

http://www.anbp.org

This website is put up by the professional trade organization of manufacturers of biocontrol pest management agents. It contains information pertaining to news, events and new research findings.

International biocontrol manufacturers association

http://www.ibma.ch/pg_microorganisms_mbca.html

This website is an international association dedicated to the proper use of biocontrol agents for the benefit of industry and society.

Beneficial fungal parasites

http://www.angelfire.com/wizard/kimbrough/Textbook/FungiAsBiocontrolAgents_blue.htm

This site discusses many crop diseases and how they can be controlled biologically. It contains many useful photographs to illustrate the disease-causing agents, the plants they attack, and the fungi that control the diseases.

Biological control: A guide to natural enemies

http://www.biocontrol.entomology.cornell.edu

This site contains information, photographs and links relevant to biological control agents commonly used in North America.

Biological control agents used in New Zealand

http://www.epa.govt.nz/new-organisms/popular-no-topics/Pages/biological-control-agents.aspx

This site contains information on insect and fungal biocontrol agents approved for usage in New Zealand.

EPA's regulation of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) crops

http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/pips/regofbtcrops.htm

This webpage details the history of EPA regulatory actions on Bt crops used in the United States.

National center for integrated pest management

http://www.cipm.info

This site is dedicated to fostering integrated pest management practices that includes the use of microbial biocontrol agents.

Locust control with fungi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LUBILOSA

This site describes a research program focused on developing a biological control, typically via fungi, for locust infestations.

Microbial insecticides

http://bioenergy.asu.edu/photosyn/courses/bio_343/lecture/insect.html

This chapter from a course contains information on microbial biocontrols for insects.

Biopesticide: Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biopesticide

This site defines biopesticides as living agents, typically bacteria or fungi, or natural product chemicals that control pests.

Biological pest control

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_pest_control

While this Wikipedia page appears similar in name to the one above, it offers a different perspective, dealing with biological pest control from an ecological standpoint.

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