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Revista de la Sociedad Entomológica Argentina

Print version ISSN 0373-5680On-line version ISSN 1851-7471


VARONE, Laura et al. Biological control in Argentina: state of the art. Rev. Soc. Entomol. Argent. [online]. 2022, vol.81, n.4, pp.42-49.  Epub Nov 26, 2022. ISSN 0373-5680.

Biological control (BC) can occur naturally (without human intervention), or by being applied intentionally when it is the result of research and the scientific selection of antagonists. It consists of the reduction in the population density of one species through the action of another. Although the adoption of applied BC in Argentina started at the beginning of the 20th century, it is still a developing discipline. In this context, we designed an online questionnaire consisting of 15 questions to assess the current status of pest BC and the social, economic and demographic aspects of the discipline in the country. We found that 122 people are currently working on BC, of which 62% are women. Although the survey revealed people working on BC in 17 jurisdictions of the country, most of the work is carried out in Buenos Aires, and 82% work in the public sector. Biological control of arthropod pests accounts for 74% of BC projects, which are mainly conducted through classical BC. Despite the fact there is an increase in the number of people working in BC, we offer a series of recommendations aimed at further favoring the growth of the discipline in the country.

Keywords : Antagonists; Online-survey; Pest control in Argentina.

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