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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.
Also called biocontrol.
Origin of biological control
1920-1925
1920-25
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Examples from the web for biological control
  • If biological control methods were relied upon or hand labor required, the yield would be smaller and the market price higher.
  • They're used as a convenient form of biological control, to cull insect pests without having to resort to chemical agents.
  • Two previously introduced biological control agents became established but are not providing sufficient control.
British Dictionary definitions for biological control

biological control

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