Numerous examples show the success of augmentative biological control efforts. With adequate support and capacity building in place, the approach can be economical and make agricultural systems more sustainable and improve the human and institutional capacity of developing countries.
A Case for Preservation: The Value and Constraints of Maintaining Insect Collections in Developing Countries
Insect collections play a critical role in recording biodiversity, recognizing and managing invasive species, addressing crop pests, and more. Developing countries could benefit the most from insect collections but often have few such resources. Experts in the field highlight the critical need for building insect collections around the world.
Integrated pest management pros working in developing countries are finding success with IPM "packages," which bundle a range of solutions for multiple crop pest issues, from the time of soil preparation to harvest and tailored to local conditions—making IPM adoption easier for farmers with limited training or resources.
A biocontrol program deploying a leaf-feeding beetle and a stem-boring weevil in eastern Africa against the invasive weed Parthenium hysterophorus is proving successful and is set to become a key component of integrated pest management programs to control the weed.