Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Bureau of Methods Development and Biological Control develops, investigates and implements new ideas, techniques and methods for the detection, control and eradication of plant and honey bee pests. Bureau personnel are involved in chemical control methods, biological control activities, sterile insect technique (SIT), quality control, environmental concerns, irradiation, plus many other miscellaneous activities meeting the Division's needs.
The Doyle Conner Building
1911 SW 34th St.
Gainesville, FL 32614-7100
Biological control may be defined simply as the utilization of natural enemies to reduce the damage caused by destructive organisms to tolerable levels. Biological control can involve the use of parasites, predators, pathogens or a combination to control a pest species.
The Techniques Development (TD) section conducts multiple projects and experiments. TD provides technical expertise for and participates in projects for the Bureau of Methods Development and Biological Control and initiatives for the Division of Plant Industry.
The purpose of the permitting process is to control the introduction into, or movement within, Florida of plant species intended for plantings and to establish procedures under which the field release of such are permitted.