Workshop on Important Arthropod Pests of the Caribbean Basin Amenable to Biological Control: Homoptera, Coleoptera, Lepidoptera: Potential for Biological Control of Soil Insects Using Microbial Pesticides in the Caribbean

Greggory K. Storey, Clayton W. McCoy


The negative environmental impact of chlorinated hydrocarbons and the potential for ground water contamination by the more soluble organophosphate pesticides have increased governmental and industrial support to development of microbial insecticides for soil insect management. There are many factors that must be considered when developing a pathogen for use in agricultural systems to control insect pests. Major factors include cropping system, target insect, soil type, and the pathogen itself. This paper addresses each of these factors and the influence they have on the success of an applied microorganism.

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