Biological control is the use of natural predators to control problem organisms. Includes websites that describe biological control methods, techniques, and the science and research behind them. Also websites advocating other non-chemical means of controlling pests and diseases.
A professional association representing the biological pest control industry.
Information from Colorado State University Extension on this naturally occurring bacterium, common in soils throughout the world, several strains of which can infect and kill insects and have been developed for insect control.
Information from the Aroian lab at UCSD on the benefits and risks associated with using Bacillus thuringiensis proteins in farming and using its genes in GMO crops to manufacture the natural insecticide.
Article discussing how beneficial insects may be classed as predators, parasitoids or competitors, all of which can be used in biological control, with information on species that are available for purchase and release.
Branch of the USDA that tests and imports exotic natural enemies of insect pests, using classical biological approaches.
Breeds and sells beneficial natural predators for the sustainable, non-chemical control of many common horticultural pests. Based in New Zealand.
Discusses the use of insects to control crop, garden, and home pests. No longer published but back issues are available.
Describes a biological control project being piloted in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, using caterpillars and a rust fungus to control mile-a-minute weed, Mikania micrantha.
Dr. Tom Hsiang, at the University of Guelph, outlines his research into the use of a fungus to control a different fungus that causes serious damage to turf under lying snow.
Reference and application guide for the use of the parasitic nematodes Steinernema for pest control.
Field vacuums provide a non-chemical approach to insect pest management. This article discusses their advantages and disadvantages and the sourcing of suitable equipment.
Advice for the potential user of natural enemies who must be aware of the legal and biological limitations of these biological control methods.
Including specifics on the biological control of pests of medical and veterinary importance. The site is maintained by Dr. E. F. Legner.
Provides information on a number of insect species that have potential as biological controls.
Article discussing beneficial insects and their use in the biological control of pests as a part of an integrated pest management program, with details and photographs of those commonly found in Florida.
Outlines the general traits required of botanicals and other natural products used in pest control and discusses several possible sources.
Information on how entomopathogenic nematodes can be used to control insect pests, and the taxonomy and systematics of these nematodes.
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