biological control
noun Date: 1921 1. the reduction in numbers or elimination of pest organisms by interference with their ecology (as by the introduction of parasites or diseases) 2. an agent used in biological control

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  • biological control — ☆ biological control n. the control of destructive organisms, esp. insects, by various, usually nonchemical means, as by the use of natural predators …   English World dictionary

  • biological control — n reduction in numbers or elimination of pest organisms by interference with their ecology (as by the introduction of parasites or diseases) …   Medical dictionary

  • biological control — /baɪəˌlɒdʒɪkəl kənˈtroʊl/ (say buyuh.lojikuhl kuhn trohl) noun a method of controlling pests by introducing one of their natural enemies. Also, biocontrol. Natural enemies used in biological control include predators, parasites and pathogens.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • biological control — noun : attack upon noxious organisms (as insects) by interference with their ecological adjustment (as by the introduction of parasites not previously present) * * * noun, pl ⋯ trols 1 [noncount] : a method of controlling harmful insects,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • biological control — the control of pests by interference with their ecological status, as by introducing a natural enemy or a pathogen into the environment. Also called biocontrol. [1920 25] * * * ▪ pest control       the use of living organisms to control pests. A… …   Universalium

  • biological control — biologinė kontrolė statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Biologinių priemonių – įvairių gyvųjų organizmų – naudojimas siekiant sunaikinti žemės ūkio kultūrų ligų sukėlėjus arba kontroliuoti jų plitimą. atitikmenys: angl.… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • biological control — biological con trol noun uncount a method of reducing the number of harmful insects by using other insects or small animals that feed on them …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • biological control — The use of living organisms such as bacteria, fungi, or insects to control harmful weeds or insects which infest crops; this type of control excludes the use of chemical substances and relies mainly on natural sources …   Combined glossary of agriculture

  • biological control — biolog′ical control′ n. bio phl the control of pests by interference with their ecological status, as by introducing a natural enemy or a pathogen into the environment Also called biocontrol • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • biological control — noun control of pests using natural predators, parasites, pathogens, or other organism(s) that harm the pest species …   Wiktionary

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