Biological Control- animals in the public service
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an overview of biological control research in CSIRO Entomology

Biological control (biocontrol) is the use of parasites, predators, or pathogens (disease-causing organisms) to help control pests ranging from nematodes to weeds to vertebrates.

This is an overview of some of CSIRO Entomology's long and successful involvement in biocontrol of invertebrate pests and weeds of agriculture and the environment.

Classical Biocontrol uses exotic invertebrates to control exotic invertebrate pests and weeds.
Environmental weeds
Environmental weeds
Agricultural weeds
Agricultural weeds
Australian introduced species
Introduced species

Introduced species

Conserving beneficials
Conserving beneficials

Conservation Biocontrol encourages and augments beneficial invertebrates already present.
Biopesticides are naturally occurring pest killers such as fungi, bacteria and nematodes, bred up and applied in higher than natural doses.
Biopesticides - fungus
Biopesticides - nematodes
Biopesticides - bacteria

All applications to import exotic biological control agents into quarantine or for release in the field must go through the Australian Government Departments of Environment & Heritage and Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (Biosecurity Australia) who jointly regulate the import, testing, and release of biological control agents. They operate under the Quarantine Act (1908) and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).

The Australian Government's Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) is responsible for the licensing of all quarantine facilities.

There are several Australian companies which supply beneficial insects for use in agriculture and gardens.

Content: Louise Lawrence
Design: Suellen Slater