Biological pest control - Olives

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Biological and non-chemical plant protection is important worldwide as an alternative to the use of conventional chemical pesticides. Biological pest control is the use of natural organisms as an alternative to, or in conjunction with, pesticides. It has become well established within protected crops and some field crops around the world.

The biological control of pests relies on predation, parasitism or other natural mechanisms. It can be an important component of integrated pest management (IPM) programs. The use of biological control methods can reduce spraying costs and lead to a reduction in the potential for pesticide resistance. Many pesticides kill beneficial insects as well as pests.

Vera Sergeeva
The Olive Press