Oregon is a US leader in implementing biocontrol as part of
its integrated pest management approach to managing noxious weeds. The Oregon
Department of Agriculture (ODA) Noxious Weed Program has adopted the
International Code of Best Practices for biological control of weeds. Only
safe, effective, and approved natural enemies will be used for biocontrol.
What are biocontrol agents?
ODA works with USDA and other scientists who visit the
original location of the weed to find natural enemies that can be tested as
candidates for introduction as biocontrol agents in the US.
Before release in Oregon, agents are rigorously tested to
ensure they are the following:
- Safe and will not become pests of crops and native plants
- Clean from disease and parasites
How do they work?
Oregon noxious weed biocontrol agents