Biological Control

Ecology and Applications

by George E. Heimpel, Nicholas J. Mills

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  • 9780521845144
  • 9781108110198
  • 9781108105422
Biological control is the suppression of populations of pests and weeds by living organisms. These organisms can provide important protection from invasive species and protect our environment by reducing the need for pesticides. However, they also pose possible environmental risks, so biological control interventions must be undertaken with great care. This book enhances our understanding of biological control interactions by combining theory and practical application. Using a combination of historical analyses, theoretical models and case studies, with explicit links to invasion biology, the authors cover biological control of insects, weeds, plant pathogens and vertebrate animals. The book reflects increasing recognition of risks over the past 20 years, and incorporates the latest technological advances and theoretical developments. It is ideal for researchers and students of biological control and invasion biology.
  • Cambridge University Press; April 2017
  • ISBN: 9781108110198
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  • Title: Biological Control
  • Author: George E. Heimpel; Nicholas J. Mills
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521845144
  • 9781108110198
  • 9781108105422

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'… Biological control is placed very skilfully within the context of the ecological principles of biological invasions. The authors argue that we have now reached a point where the balance between risks and benefits of biological control is well accepted rather than contested, bringing with it new concepts and approaches to environmental risk assessment. New tools to enhance biological control success and how this can be measured; the emerging focus on conservation and natural biological control; and the growing interest in wider applications of biological control are very lucidly described. This is an inspiring book, with clearly articulated concepts, generous use of case studies and figures to illustrate arguments, and it is extensively referenced. It will prove to be an invaluable text for current and future researchers.' Barbara Barratt, AgResearch, New Zealand