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Biological control – utilizing a population of naturalenemies to seasonally or permanently suppress pests – is nota new concept. The cottony cushion scale, which nearly destroyedthe citrus industry of California, was controlled by an introducedpredatory insect in the 1880s. Accelerated invasions by insects andspread of weedy non-native plants in the last century haveincreased the need for the use of biological control. Use ofcarefully chosen natural enemies has become a major tool for theprotection of natural ecosystems, biodiversity and agricultural andurban environments.

This book offers a multifaceted yet integrated discussion on twomajor applications of biological control: permanent control ofinvasive insects and plants at the landscape level and temporarysuppression of both native and exotic pests in farms, treeplantations, and greenhouses. Written by leading internationalexperts in the field, the text discusses control of invasivespecies and the role of natural enemies in pest management.

This book is essential reading for courses on Invasive Species,Pest Management, and Crop Protection. It is an invaluable referencebook for biocontrol professionals, restorationists,agriculturalists, and wildlife biologists.

Further information and resources can be found on theEditor’s own website at:www.invasiveforestinsectandweedbiocontrol.info/index.htm

Published: Wiley on Jan 26, 2009
ISBN: 9781444300413
List price: $97.95
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