biological control


noun

  1. the control of pests by interference with their ecological status, as by introducing a natural enemy or a pathogen into the environment.

noun

  1. the control of destructive organisms by the use of other organisms, such as the natural predators of the pests

  1. Control of pests by disrupting their ecological status, as through the use of organisms that are natural predators, parasites, or pathogens. Examples of biocontrol include the use of ladybugs to prey on aphids and scale insects and the treatment of turf with spores of the bacterium Bacillus popilliae, which cause milky disease in Japanese beetle larvae.

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