the control of pests by interference with their ecological status, as by introducing a natural enemy or a pathogen into the environment.
- Also called biocontrol.
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How to use biological control in a sentence
Doubtless it will long be used as a basis for attempted biological control of the propagation of the unfit.Sex-education | Maurice Alpheus Bigelow
The effect of lizards on the biological control of scale insects in Bermuda.
The people involved in attempted biological control have been called farmers, planters, ranchers, and peasants.
Kadocsa stated that Brachygaster minutus and Evania appendigaster were not important in the biological control of cockroaches.
The North American parasitic wasps of the genus Tetrastichus—a contribution to biological control of insect pests.
British Dictionary definitions for biological control
the control of destructive organisms by the use of other organisms, such as the natural predators of the pests
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Scientific definitions for biological control
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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