Maximising the efficiency of bio-control applications utilising genetic algorithms

Paul M. Godley, David E. Cairns, Julie Cowie

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In the domain of mushroom farming, sciarid flies can adversely affect the quality of crop produced. One solution to this problem is the use of a bio-control agent to reduce, and ideally eliminate the presence of this pest. The nematode worm Steinernema feltiae provides an effective control agent against the sciarid flies. In order to maximise the effect of this agent, while also minimising the quantity of the agent required, an optimal application schedule is necessary. Our work addresses the use of Genetic Algorithms (GAs) to produce optimal bio-control application schedules.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • bio-control
  • genetic algorithms
  • scheduling


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