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CBP conducts research to develop new biological control products, processes and methods to control crop pests, weeds, plant diseases, and rural public health threats.


Newly developed “green” technologies offer environmentally friendly alternatives to potentially harmful pest control products that can be used to increase crop yield, enhance livestock production, and protect rural public health. In addition, the development of these new technologies creates new market opportunities for American companies that want to produce environmentally friendly, bio-based products. The Crop Bioprotection Research Unit (CBP) strives to be a world leader in research to develop novel, performance-competitive biological control technologies that reduce the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides for a variety of farm and rural public health applications.