Use biological control to reduce the number of problematic invertebrates
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Biological control refers to the introduction of natural enemies (e.g. virus, fungus or invertebrates) to control a problematic species. In the UK one such invertebrate species is the heather beetle Lochmaea suturalis. This species can cause die-off of heather, resulting in conversion to grassland.
Organisms introduced as a form of biological control can themselves become problematic or invasive species and as such before their introduction any likely negative impacts should be thoroughly assessed.