Biological control: Ecology and applications

George E Heimpel, Nicholas J. Mills

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Abstract

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. Provides a balanced, objective approach, highlighting both the benefits and risks of biological control methods. Integrates the field of biological control with the latest research in invasion biology. Includes comprehensive coverage of ecological theory as it relates to biological control, with minimal use of complex mathematical equations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages380
ISBN (Electronic)9781139029117
ISBN (Print)9780521845144
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2017

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Biological control : Ecology and applications. / Heimpel, George E; Mills, Nicholas J.

Cambridge University Press, 2017. 380 p.

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Heimpel, George E ; Mills, Nicholas J. / Biological control : Ecology and applications. Cambridge University Press, 2017. 380 p.
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