prof. dr. ir. De Clercq Patrick
Sustainable crop pest management strategies can be enhanced by artificially produced cheap and reliable biological control agents
European farmers should rely on integrated pest management to protect their crops. The availability of cheap but reliable biological control agents is central to designing sustainable crop pest management strategies. We have developed novel mass rearing techniques for a variety of predatory insects and mites. Several of these innovations have already found their way to the practice of biological control. These include artificial rearing systems allowing to reduce production costs of biological control agents.
Cost-effective rearing systems allow for lower market prices of biological control products, making them more competitive with chemical pesticides. As such a wider adoption of biological control by farmers is promoted.