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Association of Natural Biocontrol Producers (ANBP)
- A professional association representing the biological pest control industry.
- Information from Colorado State University Extension on this naturally occurring bacterium, common in soils throughout the world, several strains of which can infect and kill insects and have been developed for insect control.
- Information from the Aroian lab at UCSD on the benefits and risks associated with using Bacillus thuringiensis proteins in farming and using its genes in GMO crops to manufacture the natural insecticide.
Behavior and Biocontrol Research Unit
- Provides information on research into novel and environmentally friendly solutions to old and new agricultural problems.
Beneficial Insects and Mites
- Article discussing how beneficial insects may be classed as predators, parasitoids or competitors, all of which can be used in biological control, with information on species that are available for purchase and release.
Beneficial Insects Introduction Research Unit
- Branch of the USDA that tests and imports exotic natural enemies of insect pests, using classical biological approaches.
- Breeds and sells beneficial natural predators for the sustainable, non-chemical control of many common horticultural pests. Based in New Zealand.
- Cornell University Department of Entomology provides a guide to natural enemies in North America.
Biological Control News
- Discusses the use of insects to control crop, garden, and home pests. No longer published but back issues are available.
Biological Control of Insect and Mite Pests
- Article dealing with classical biological control using introduced species, augmentation of naturally occurring enemies and conservation of the enemies already present in the environment.
Biological Control of Locusts
- Locust and grasshopper control is currently carried out with chemical pesticides. This article describes control measures using a myco-pesticide based on the spores of a fungus pathogenic to insects.
Biological Control of Mikania micrantha
- Describes a biological control project being piloted in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, using caterpillars and a rust fungus to control mile-a-minute weed, Mikania micrantha.
Biological Control of Turfgrass Snowmolds with the Fungus Typhula phacorrhiza
- Dr. Tom Hsiang, at the University of Guelph, outlines his research into the use of a fungus to control a different fungus that causes serious damage to turf under lying snow.
Biological Control Virtual Information Center
- Biological control is the use of one organism to suppress another. Information on the method from the Center for Integrated Pest Management, NC State University.
Biological Pest Control
- Reference and application guide for the use of the parasitic nematodes Steinernema for pest control.
Bug Vacuums for Organic Crop Protection
- Field vacuums provide a non-chemical approach to insect pest management. This article discusses their advantages and disadvantages and the sourcing of suitable equipment.
Considerations for Purchasing and Releasing Biological Control Products
- Advice for the potential user of natural enemies who must be aware of the legal and biological limitations of these biological control methods.
History of Biological Pest Control
- Including specifics on the biological control of pests of medical and veterinary importance. The site is maintained by Dr. E. F. Legner.
HPIPM: Biological Controls of Insects Associated with Trees and Shrubs
- Provides information on a number of insect species that have potential as biological controls.
- Article describing the control of the invasive plant purple loosestrife by the use of this introduced weevil.
Natural Enemies and Biological Control
- Article discussing beneficial insects and their use in the biological control of pests as a part of an integrated pest management program, with details and photographs of those commonly found in Florida.
Natural Products for Insect Pest Management
- Outlines the general traits required of botanicals and other natural products used in pest control and discusses several possible sources.
Nematodes as Biological Control Agents of Insects
- Information on how entomopathogenic nematodes can be used to control insect pests, and the taxonomy and systematics of these nematodes.
Other Controls: Insects, Enemies of Insects
- Article by Barnard D. Burks which investigates the insect world, describes how some insects parasatize others and how man can benefit from this.
Stored Grain Pest Management
- Effective control of stored grain pests with minimal pesticide use requires an integrated approach combining sanitation, monitoring and other preventive practices. This article looks at non-toxic treatments and biological control using natural enemies.
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