Biological control

In many cases, exotic insects become pests because they have been introduced to new areas without those natural enemies that normally maintain their host populations at a low level.  Many insect pests can be effectively managed by identifying and augmenting their natural enemies, but sometimes natural enemy populations are disrupted by conventional pest management, leading to secondary pest outbreaks.  Biological control research at Weslaco will focus on identifying natural enemies of our insect pests to manage their populations.

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