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Novel Biotechnologies for Biocontrol Agent Enhancement and Management

Part of the series NATO Security through Science Series pp 1-23

BIOTECHNOLOGY IN CROP PROTECTION: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE INSECT CONTROL

  • Martin G. EdwardsAffiliated withInstitute for Research on Environment and Sustainability, Division of Biology, Newcastle University
  • , Angharad M. R. GatehouseAffiliated withInstitute for Research on Environment and Sustainability, Division of Biology, Newcastle University

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Abstract

With a projected increase in world population to 10 billion over the next four decades, an immediate priority for agriculture is to achievemaximum production of food and other products in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and cost effective. Whilst insecticides are very effective in combating the immediate problem of insect attack on crops, nonspecific insecticides are harmful to beneficial organisms including predators and parasitoids of the target pest species.