the control of pests by interference with their ecological status, as by introducing a natural enemy or a pathogen into the environment.
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Origin of biological control
First recorded in 1920–25
Also called biocontrol.
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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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Science 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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