Course detail

LET5806 - Biological Control of Insect Pests

Credit hours

In-class work
per week
per week
15 weeks
120 hours

Italo Delalibera Junior
José Roberto Postali Parra
Pedro Takao Yamamoto

The importance of biological control (BC) for the balance of nature, focusing on its role as foundation of
the Integrated Pest Management. The students will also learn the steps for the establishment of an
Applied Biological Control program (augmentative).

Definitions and model of a biological control program. Abiotic and biotic factors in the development of
natural enemies. Mechanisms of population regulation in natural enemies. Selection and host suitability.
Biology and strategies for the development of natural enemies. Life tables. Selection of biological control
agents based on biotechnology. Classical biological control: Legal issues. Conservation Biological Control
(natural). Augmentative biological control (applied): rearing techniques. External management. Mass
and comercial rearing. Applied biological control: storage, transportation and quality control. In vitro
rearing of natural enemies. Examples of succesful biological control in Brazil and commercialization of
biological control agents. Selectivity of chemical products to natural enemies. Applied Biological Control:
release techniques and efficacy assessment. The biological control in the Integrated Pest Management.
GIS and spatial modelling in Biological Control. GMOs and biological control. Challenges of Biological
Control in Brazil.

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