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Biological Control of Arthropod Pests

ByJohn R. Ruberson, James R. Nechols, Maurice J. Tauber

Throughout the history of human reliance on plants for food and fiber, native natural enemies have played a major role in suppressing herbivorous arthropods. The concept of biological control reflects the assumption that naturally occurring, biotic mortality factors limit or restrain most populations of living organisms. In addition to these naturally occurring biological controls, humans have intentionally used natural enemies of arthropods as an integral part of crop production since the early development of agriculture.