biological control

noun

Definition of biological control

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

Examples of biological control in a Sentence

She practices biological control in her gardening. She uses biological controls in her garden.
Recent Examples on the Web The conservation of biological control agents (predators, parasitoids) should be favored over chemical controls. oregonlive, 1 Oct. 2021 Conserve biological control agents such as predators and the parasitoids that feed on insect pests. oregonlive, 1 June 2021 Conserve biological control agents such as predators and the parasitoids that feed on insect pests. oregonlive, 1 June 2021 Presently, the biological control is inadequate because these pests immigrated from Southeast Asia without their predators. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 July 2021 Conserve biological control agents such as predators and the parasitoids that feed on insect pests. oregonlive, 1 June 2021 Encourage biological control of pest insects. Improve pollination. Donna Mcclay, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2021 Conserve biological control agents such as predators and the parasitoids that feed on insect pests. oregonlive, 1 June 2021 Conserve biological control agents such as predators and the parasitoids that feed on insect pests. oregonlive, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of biological control

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of biological control was in 1916

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10 Oct 2021

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“Biological control.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biological%20control. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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biological control

noun

Medical Definition of biological control

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 (such as pyrethrum) used in biological control

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