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Biocontrol

Brown, rod-shaped Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.

Take control of your research

Up to 40% of global crop production is lost to plant pests every year, leaving millions of people without enough food to eat. Biological control (biocontrol) offers a pest management strategy that uses natural enemies (eg, predators, parasitoids, pathogens, competitors) to reduce the population of a harmful target species. As a natural method of pest control, this strategy is cost-efficient and sustainable.

In support of this field of research, ATCC offers a variety of authenticated bacteria and fungi with known biocontrol applications against weeds, nematodes, microbial pathogens, and arthropods. We also offer a growing collection of fungal, bacterial, and viral plant pathogens that can be used to examine the efficacy of a novel biocontrol agent. Explore our resources below to support your biocontrol research.

Tractor and crops

Prevent the loss of plant resources

Plants are vital for life on Earth. Not only do they provide an essential source of oxygen and food, they also supply the basic materials needed for medicine, shelter, and clothing. While the globalization of trade and travel has helped ensure the accessibility of these valuable materials worldwide, it has also facilitated the introduction and spread of pests and pathogens that threaten plant quality and survival. Learn more about this important issue and discover how we can work together to safeguard our valuable plant resources.

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Purple strands of grape-like Aspergillosis fungus.

Fungi as biocontrol agents

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Culturing strains for use in biocontrol research

Bacteriology Culture Guide

ATCC Bacteriology Culture Guide

This guide contains general technical information for the growth, propagation, preservation, and application of fastidious and non-fastidious bacterial species.

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Mycology Culture Guide

ATCC Mycology Culture Guide

Access detailed information on the growth, handling, propagation, preservation, and application of yeasts and filamentous fungi.

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