How to Use Genetic Biocontrol to Manage Insect Pests

Scientific Animations Without Borders,  YouTube,  2024.

Pest insects often transmit disease to humans and animals and destroy crops. Controlling these pests can improve human health and increase agricultural production. Pest insects are often controlled by releasing other insects into the environment that will specifically kill the pests. This method of pest control is called biological control and is environmentally friendly because it reduces reliance on chemical insecticides and targets only the pest insects. Genetic biocontrol is a type of biological control where the released insects are the same species as the pest but with critical genetic differences and traits that affect their reproduction or lifespan.


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