Biological control is the science and
practice of using living organisms to manage pests and pathogens. The
department is particularly well recognized for its excellence in biological control
of invasive and emerging diseases and pests. Entomologists and Plant
Pathologists are studying the biology and ecology of invasive insect pests and
plant pathogens and their biological control agents to develop more efficient
strategies for the release, establishment, and utilization of biological
control agents. Scientists in the department are also world-renowned for their
work on biological control of soil-borne plant pathogens and insect pests using
antagonistic microbes and entomopathogenic bacteria, fungi, and nematodes.
Figure 1: A. Asilid fly
attacking chrysomelid beetle; B. Entomopathogenic bacterium Bacillus
thuringiensis toxin crystals; C.
Mantid eating a fly; D. Germinating spores of Beauveria bassiana,
an entomopathogenic fungus used for biological control of seedling diseases and