Mass Production of Natural Enemies

  • R. K. Morrison
  • E. G. King
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 11)


The value of entomophagous arthropods (parasites and predators) in supressing pest populations has been well established. However, sufficient numbers are not always present or available to provide adequate control. Biological control by augmentation of predators and parasites that have been mass produced in insectaries provides a means of insuring the presence of numbers that are adequate to maintain pest populations at the desired level. The feasibility of this approach to pest control has been documented by Ridgway et al. (1974), Stinner (1977) and Rabb et al. (1976) and in other chapters of this book.


Natural Enemy Host Larva Field Release Black Scale Pink Bollworm 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. K. Morrison
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. G. King
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Agricultural Research ServiceU. S. Department of AgricultureCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Agricultural Research ServiceU. S. Department of AgricultureStonevilleUSA

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