bio·​con·​trol ˌbī-ō-kən-ˈtrōl How to pronounce biocontrol (audio)

Examples of biocontrol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such disasters have inspired backlash against biocontrol, sullying its public image and spooking policymakers. Nala Rogers, Popular Mechanics, 9 Aug. 2023 Releasing insects that eat weeds, a technique called biocontrol, has worked against other plants, but so far researchers have not found anything that can be used against Spartina in China. Byerik Stokstad,, 8 Mar. 2023 And this summer, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation continued releasing wasps whose larvae feed on the emerald ash borer — an approach called biocontrol. Marguerite Holloway, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2020 Over the past several decades, farmers have been using certain types of Pseudomonas for the practice of biocontrol. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2023 These findings also call into question the use of parasitoid wasps as biocontrol for managing pests. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 27 Nov. 2012 Schiller and her team work on researching and developing multiple biocontrol agents that are effective against mosquitoes but won't disrupt the environment. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 The transition to studying biocontrol methods signals a shift away from the more physical or chemical aspect of control to one that will allow the agency to let nature do the work. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 Rose rosette virus, transmitted by a mite, was used as a biocontrol for troublesome wild hedges of Rosa multiflora in the Midwest. oregonlive, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biocontrol was in 1964

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“Biocontrol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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