biological controlbiological control
the control of destructive organisms, esp. insects, by various, usually nonchemical means, as by the use of natural predators
Control of a usually nonindigenous pest by introducing an organism that is a predator, parasite, or pathogen of the pest species in its native environment. Also called biocontrol.
An infestation of Montana rangeland by the Eurasian leafy spurge (top) was reduced after introduction of a flea beetle (bottom).
(plural biological controls)
- control of pests using natural predators, parasites, pathogens, or other organism(s) that harm the pest species