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Theoretical Approaches to Biological Control

Edited by Bradford A Hawkins and Howard V Cornell 
Cambridge University Press  1999  



Hardback  424pp, 89 figures, 18 tables  ISBN 9780521572835      £88.00


Paperback  432 pp  ISBN 9780521082877      £43.00
Biological control is the suppression of pest populations using predators, parasitoids and pathogens. Historically, biological control has largely been on a trial-and-error basis, and has not always reached expectations. This book suggests that by developing theories based upon fundamental population principles and the biological characteristics of the pest and agent, a much better understanding of when and how to use biological control can be gained. To support this view the book gathers together recent theoretical developments and provides a balanced guide to the important issues that need to be considered in applying ecological theory to biological control. It presents the information under the following headings to provide a productive and stimulating account for all those interested in pest management, theoretical ecology and population biology.

Part I. Biological Control Theory: Past and Present:

  • The theoretical foundations of biological control
  • Recent developments in theory for biological control of insect pests by parasitoids
  • Biological control models: a field guide
Part II. Ecological Considerations:
  • The uniformity and density of pest exploitation as guides to success in biological control
  • Biological control of insect pests: a tritrophic perspective
  • The case for generalists in biological control
  • Why is the parasitoid Encarsia formosa so successful in controlling whiteflies
  • Parasitoid adult nutritional ecology: implications for biological control
  • Coexistence of multiple attractors and its consequences for a three-species food chain
Part III. Spatial Considerations:
  • Dynamics of spatially structured spider mite populations
  • Habitat fragmentation and biological control
  • Outbreaks of insects: a dynamic approach
Part IV. Genetic/Evolutionary Considerations:
  • Population dynamics and the evolutionary stability of biological control
  • Genetic conflict in natural enemies: a review, and consequences for the biological control of arthropods
  • Overexploitation and mutualism in plant - herbivore - predator interactions: their evolution and impact on population dynamics
  • A Darwinian view of host selection and its practical implications
Part V. Microbes and Pathogens:
  • The dynamics of insect - pathogen interactions
  • Host - pathogen - parasitoid systems
  • Persistence of natural enemies of weeds and insect pests in heterogeneous environments
  • Application of insect - pathogen models to biological control
  • Dose - response relationships in biocontrol of plant disease and their use to define pathogen refuge size
  • Index.
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