Biological control example
An example of biological control is the release of parasitic wasps to control aphids. Aphids are a pest of plants and cause huge damage to plants as they remove nutrients from the plant.
The parasitic wasp lays eggs in aphids, as shown in the movie. The aphids will die when the eggs come out and the young wasps start to grow. In this way the aphid population will decrease quickly.
More information about the Biocomes approach to control Aphids is found here.
Entomopathogenic nematodes to control wine weevil
Heterorhabditis bacteriophora nematodes are used to control pests such as wine weevil; their control effect is helped by releasing bacteria into the soil which attack the wine weevil.
More information is found on the E-nema website.
Sclerotinia sclerotiorum controlled by fungal spores
Soil application of fungal spores of Coniothyrium minitans is used to destroy surviving structures of the common plant pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.
More information is found on the Bayer website.
Control of powdery mildew by Ampelomyces quisqualis
Another example of biological control is leaf application of fungal spores of Ampelomyces quisqualis to control mildew on greenhouse crops.
Powdery mildew on strawberry leaf. Picture: Elizabeth Bush, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org
AQ 10. Picture CBC Europe
More information is found on the Biogard/CBC europe website.
Codling moth killed by viruses
A spray with entomopathogenic viruses such as Cydia pomonella granulovirus (CpGV) is used to kill codling moths.
More information is found on the Andermatt Biocontrol website.