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biocontrol

(bī′ō-kən-trōl′)
n.
See biological control.
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biocontrol

The use of natural products or engineered microorganisms to protect crops against insects, circumventing use of pesticides.
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biocontrol

see BIOLOGICAL CONTROL.
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Biological pest control uses living organisms that are predators to control pests or uses naturally occurring chemicals extracted from plants.
A good place to start is the University of Vermont Extension Service's Web page on biological pest control: http://ctr.uvm.edu/ctr/pubs/apc817.htm.
By isolating and characterizing the biochemical properties of a newfound natural insecticide, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have taken an important step toward augmenting biological pest control. The new weapon is a family of insecticidal toxins produced by Photorhabdus luminescens, a bacterium that, in nature, infects and kills insects with the help of a tiny worm or nematode.
In theory, biological pest control is a clean and green technology, friendly to the environment and to the farmer alike.
Nonetheless, farmers trained to use DDT and other pesticides for more than a generation have been slow to accept biological pest control. They say the kill isn't as quick or complete, and tends to be more expensive than an application of pesticide, since the biological approach requires closer field monitoring and a greater front-end investment.
In addition to the biological pest control methods discussed above, natural insect enemies and biochemical interference, predatory bacteria are coming into wider use and may eventually find application inside the food plant.
Egyptian Journal of Biological Pest Control 22: 1-3.
Crop rotation, green manure, use of natural fertilizers and biological pest control form the crux of organic farming.
The business to be acquired would broaden the purchaser's existing biological pest control portfolio and enable the company to further leverage the technology platform it had acquired via Athenix Corporation and AgraQuest, Bayer added.
The business to be acquired would broaden the purchasera[euro](tm)s existing biological pest control portfolio and enable the company to further leverage the technology platform it had acquired via Athenix Corporation and AgraQuest, Bayer added.

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