How does genetic biocontrol work?

Category: Genetic Biocontrol

Most forms of genetic biocontrol have a similar goal as classical biocontrol: to reduce the population of a problem-causing organism, generally by inhibiting its ability to reproduce. These are termed “population suppression strategies.” Some forms of genetic biocontrol are now being developed that aim to modify the pest organism in such a way that its ability to cause the problem is reduced. This might be accomplished, for example, by inhibiting its ability to transmit a disease-causing pathogen. These are termed “population replacement” or “population modification strategies.”

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