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Carlos Henrique Marchiori 1.
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Carlos Henrique Marchiori 1. Biological control is a component of an integrated pest management strategy. It is defined as the reduction of pest populations by natural enemies and typically involves an active human role.
Keep in mind that all insect species are also suppressed by naturally occurring organisms and environmental factors, with no human input. This is frequently referred to as natural control. This guide emphasizes the biological control of insects but biological control of weeds and plant diseases is also included. Natural enemies of insect pests, also known as biological control agents, include predators, parasitoids, and pathogens.
Biological control of weeds includes insects and pathogens. Biological control agents of plant diseases are most often referred to as antagonists Shelton, Predators, such as lady beetles and lacewings, are mainly free-living species that consume a large number of prey during their lifetime. Parasitoids are species whose immature stage develops on or within a single insect host, ultimately killing the host.
Many species of wasps and some flies are parasitoids. Pathogens are disease-causing organisms including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. They kill or debilitate their host and are relatively specific to certain insect groups. Each of these natural enemy groups is discussed in much greater detail in following sections Shelton, Conservation The conservation of natural enemies is probably the most important and readily available biological control practice available to growers.
Natural enemies occur in all production systems, from the backyard garden to the commercial field. They are adapted to the local environment and to the target pest, and their conservation is generally simple and cost-effective. With relatively little effort the activity of these natural enemies can be observed. Lacewings, lady beetles, hover fly larvae, and parasitized aphid mummies are almost always present in aphid colonies. Fungus-infected adult flies are often common following periods of high humidity.
These natural controls are important and need to be conserved and considered when making pest management decisions. In many instances the importance of natural enemies has not been adequately studied or does not become apparent until insecticide use is stopped or reduced. Often the best we can do is to recognize that these factors are present and minimize negative impacts on them. If an insecticide is needed, every effort should be made to use a selective material in a selective manner Shelton, With the advent of synthetic insecticides in the s, easy control of insect pests appeared at hand.
However, it soon became obvious that there were problems associated with the use of insecticides. Some insect pests became resistant, and some nontarget organisms were adversely affected, and pest resurgence occurred. Additionally, environmental and health concerns arose Shelton, Today, the protection of food and fiber crops from insect, mite, disease, and weed pests in conventional agricultural systems still relies primarily on the use of chemical pesticides.
However, continued reliance solely on conventional pesticides has drawbacks. The integrated pest management strategy described in this guide promotes nonchemical pest control tactics such as use of pest-resistant plants, cultural control methods, and biological control.
Pesticides should be used only to prevent an economic loss and rarely should be used in a prophylactic manner Shelton, The need to develop alternatives to conventional pesticides may be more acute in some commodities than in others. For example, vegetables and fruits are considered minor crops in many areas, and new insecticides are less likely to be registered or existing ones re-registered. Populations of many major vegetable and fruit insect pests possess resistance to insecticides.
Also, vegetable and fruit growers, especially fresh market producers with small and diverse operations and roadside stands, are highly visible to the public. The application of pesticides is frequently obvious and may result in conflicts with urban neighbors. Alternatives that would reduce the need for pesticide use could help alleviate some of these conflicts Shelton, All insect pests have natural enemies. The use of these organisms to manage pests is known as biological control.
Conservation of natural enemies is probably the most important biological control practice readily available. Through the use of selective insecticides and the judicious use of broader spectrum materials, natural enemies can exist and exert their impact on pest populations. The future of biological control is promising, but this tactic will constitute just one of many pest management options. Many obstacles will need to be overcome before biological control can reach its full potential Shelton, Before biological control will advance, much more emphasis needs to be placed on investigating indigenous natural enemies and their impact on the pests they attack.
With this information it may be possible to foster or enhance the efficacy of natural enemies through manipulation of the crop habitat, changes in cultural practices, or changes in pesticide application practices.
In addition, the introduction of new natural enemies through classical biological control programs holds much promise. The development of successful biological control programs will be challenging, but holds great potential Shelton, Agricultural Entomology in Brazil started with a strong influence of pesticides, and since then the "culture of applying agrochemicals" has been widely accepted and adopted by Brazilian growers.
In , 32 years after the first successful case of BC, the first natural enemy was imported into Brazil from the USA. Other cases using imported natural enemies are mentioned in the section "History of Biological Control in Brazil. In , Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring," alerting the general public to problems associated with the abusive use of pesticides. As a result, people became more aware of problems related to the indiscriminate use of chemicals, including ecological imbalances; the development of insect and mite resistance to agrochemicals to date, more than resistant pests have been identified ; outbreak of secondary pests; resurgence of pests; harmful effects on human beings, natural enemies of pests, fish and other non-target animals, in addition to persistent chemical residues in food, water and soil Carson, apud Parra, The so-called "dark age of pest control" from to Kogan, motivated the scientific community to propose a novel philosophy of Pest Control based on not only economic, but also ecological and social considerations.
IPM Integrated Pest Management has arisen as a response of the scientific community to solve problems originating from the abusive use of chemicals.
The IPM approach is defined as a combination of control tactics with the aim of keeping pest population densities below the economic threshold, taking into account economic, ecological and social criteria Parra, Brazil, a leader in the development of tropical agriculture, will have to create a BC model adapted to the local conditions, extensive farmlands, and dynamic features of its agricultural system.
This dynamism leads to continual changes in beneficial and pest populations because of the different farming systems used, such as no-tillage, continuity of crops, crop succession and rotation, irrigation, new varieties, large-scale use of transgenic plants, emergence of new pests, etc. Additionally, Brazil is progressively becoming an exporting country and, therefore, must adapt to international market requirements for chemical residues, which create difficulties in achieving a sustainable agriculture, an urgent issue in modern times Parra, BC must be implemented as one contributive component of IPM, since it is difficult to control pest populations using BC alone.
The current extensive use of chemicals in citrus, soybean and cotton crops in Brazil results in unbalanced systems, where BC cannot be established.
In order to enhance BC in Brazil, production systems must be planned in the context of the enormous climatic and edaphic diversity of our country, so as to take advantage of our biodiversity in BC programs in tropical regions. It is important not to restrict programs to mimic the technology used in countries with different characteristics and conditions because such methods have proved, on the whole, to be inefficient in Brazil Parra, Three forms of applied biocontrol are generally recognized based on how the natural enemies are manipulated.
In classical biocontrol, exotic natural enemy species are imported and released in the region where the pest occurs. If the introduced natural enemy survives and adapts to its new habitat, it may increase in numbers, disperse throughout the pest region over the course of several years, and suppress the pest population. Often, no natural enemy releases beyond those used to initially establish and spread the natural enemy are needed. Classical biocontrol is often practiced against exotic pest species because these pests usually invade their new habitats without the natural enemies that suppress their populations in their native range.
However, classical biocontrol is also practiced against native pests when it is thought that an exotic natural enemy species may be able to suppress the pest better than native natural enemies Parra, David J. Types of Biological controls. Hoffmann, M.
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In augmentative biological control ABC , invertebrate and microbial organisms are seasonally released in large numbers to reduce pests. Today it is applied on more than 30 million ha worldwide. Europe is the largest commercial market for invertebrate biological control agents, while North America has the largest sales of microbials. We are convinced, however, that ABC can be applied on a much larger area than it is today. We plead in the short term for a pragmatic form of agriculture that is adaptable, non-dogmatic and combines the sustainability gain from all types of agriculture and pest management methods. Politicians, policy makers, retailers, consumers, growers and grower organizations are increasingly asking for and speaking about biological control. Hardly a day passes during which we, the authors of this paper, do not receive a question on how to control a certain pest, disease or weed, where to obtain biological control agents, and how to stimulate use of this environmentally safe pest management method.
Integrated pest management IPM , also known as integrated pest control IPC is a broad-based approach that integrates practices for economic control of pests. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization defines IPM as "the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize risks to human health and the environment. IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms. The introduction and spread of invasive species can also be managed with IPM by reducing risks while maximizing benefits and reducing costs. Shortly after World War II, when synthetic insecticides became widely available, entomologists in California developed the concept of "supervised insect control". Under this scheme, insect control was "supervised" by qualified entomologists and insecticide applications were based on conclusions reached from periodic monitoring of pest and natural-enemy populations. This was viewed as an alternative to calendar-based programs.
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Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process you can use to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. IPM can be used to manage all kinds of pests anywhere—in urban, agricultural, and wildland or natural areas. IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism.
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Sectoral Environmental Guidelines. Integrated pest management is defined as a farmer-based and knowledge-intensive management approach that encourages natural and cultural control of pest populations by anticipating pest problems and managing their numbers to reduce losses, while permitting safer pesticide uses where justified and permitted. Many indigenous, as well as newly-developed, non-chemical techniques are available for use. These include combinations of biological control, habitat manipulation, soil health management, use of resistant varieties, and modification of cultural practices expanded upon below. Pesticides are considered curative, and generally should be used as a last resort. Resource-Poor Farmers and Pest Management. Document Readers: To ensure that you will be able to see a file in its entirety, please obtain the most recent version of the reading software for the document type that you wish to view.
Home Contacts About Us. Cermaq Canada recognizes the importance of integrated pest management IPM to have good fish health and welfare. Insects and mites often are associated with specific plants, and they follow certain development and behavior patterns as the season progresses.
Biological control in gardens and landscapes Biological control is the beneficial action of predators, parasites, pathogens, and competitors in controlling pests and their damage. Biological control provided by these living organisms collectively called "natural enemies" is especially important for reducing the numbers of pest insects and mites, but biological control agents can also contribute to the control of weed, pathogen, nematode or vertebrate pests. For noncommercial purposes only, any Web site may link directly to this page. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual solutions to specific pest problems. See our Home page , or in the U. Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California.
This segment includes several paragraphs with general information about biological control and these subsections:. Biological control is a component of an integrated pest management strategy. It is defined as the reduction of pest populations by natural enemies and typically involves an active human role. Keep in mind that all insect species are also suppressed by naturally occurring organisms and environmental factors, with no human input. This is frequently referred to as natural control. This guide emphasizes the biological control of insects but biological control of weeds and plant diseases is also included.
Biological control or biocontrol is a method of controlling pests such as insects , mites , weeds and plant diseases using other organisms. It can be an important component of integrated pest management IPM programs. There are three basic strategies for biological pest control: classical importation , where a natural enemy of a pest is introduced in the hope of achieving control; inductive augmentation , in which a large population of natural enemies are administered for quick pest control; and inoculative conservation , in which measures are taken to maintain natural enemies through regular reestablishment. Natural enemies of insect pests, also known as biological control agents, include predators, parasitoids , pathogens , and competitors. Biological control agents of plant diseases are most often referred to as antagonists.
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