The role of biocontrol in integrated pest management systems


Baloda Kasana*

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a holistic approach to pest control that aims to minimize the impact of pests while maximizing the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural systems. One crucial component of IPM is biocontrol, which utilizes natural enemies of pests to regulate their populations. This article explores the role of biocontrol in IPM systems, highlighting its benefits, challenges, and applications in modern agriculture. Through the integration of various pest management tactics, including cultural, physical, chemical, and biological control methods, IPM offers a comprehensive and environmentally friendly approach to pest management. By harnessing the power of natural predators, parasites, and pathogens, biocontrol not only reduces reliance on synthetic pesticides but also promotes ecological balance and long-term sustainability in agricultural ecosystems.

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