Produced in 1981 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet provides an introduction to biological pest control. This is the use of living organisms to lower a pest or weed population. Some of the most successful examples have involved parasitic and predatory insects to control forest and orchard insect pests, and herbivorous insects to destroy weeds. Microorganisms used, as pathogens, can also play an important role.
Sections in this booklet look at topics that include:
* What is biological control?
* Advantages and disadvantages of biocontrol
* Targets and agents
* Methods of classical biological control
* Biological control in cassava
* Biological control in the glasshouse
* Biological control of tansy ragwort
* Improving biocontrol projects