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Biological Control
Program Image  Biological control can be defined as the deliberate use of natural enemies - predators, parasites, pathogens, and competitors to suppress and maintain populations of a target pest species (insects, mites, weeds, plant pathogens, and other pest organisms). NIFA supports research in bio-based pest management, which has the goal of providing safer and more effective methods of controlling pests while reducing our reliance on synthetic pesticides.
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