343 pages, 16 plates with 31 colour photos and colour illustrations; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables
Invasive species have a critical and growing effect upon natural areas. They can modify, degrade, or destroy wildland ecosystem structure and function, and reduce native biodiversity. Landscape-level solutions are needed to address these problems. Conservation biologists seek to limit such damage and restore ecosystems using a variety of approaches. One such approach is biological control: the deliberate importation and establishment of specialized natural enemies, which can address invasive species problems and which should be considered as a possible component of restoration.
Biological control can be an effective tool against many invasive insects and plants but it has rarely been successfully employed against other groups. Safety is of paramount concern and requires that the natural enemies used be specialized and that targeted pests be drivers of ecological degradation. While modern approaches allow species to be selected with a high level of security, some risks do remain. However, as in all species introductions, these should be viewed in the context of the risk of failing to reduce the impact of the invasive species. This unique book identifies the balance among these factors to show how biological control can be integrated into ecosystem restoration as practiced by conservation biologists.
Jointly developed by conservation biologists and biological control scientists, it contains chapters on matching tools to management goals; tools in action; measuring and evaluating ecological outcomes of biological control introductions; managing conflict over biological control; and includes case studies as well as an ethical framework for integrating biological control and conservation practice. Integrating Biological Control into Conservation Practice is suitable for graduate courses in invasive species management and biological control, as well as for research scientists in government and non-profit conservation organizations.
List of contributors, vi
1 Integrating biological control into a conservation context: why is it necessary?, 1 Kevin M. Heinz, Roy G. Van Driesche, and Daniel Simberloff
2 Designing restoration programs based on understanding the drivers of ecological change, 4 Christian O. Marks and Roy G. Van Driesche
3 Matching tools to management goals, 22 Charlotte Causton and Roy G. Van Driesche
4 Tools in action: understanding tradeoffs through case histories, 54 Roy G. Van Driesche, Bernd Blossey, and Daniel Simberloff
5 Benefit risk assessment of biological control in wildlands, 80 Roy G. Van Driesche and Daniel Simberloff
6 Systematics and biological control, 105 Jeremy C. Andersen and David L. Wagner
7 Forecasting unintended effects of natural enemies used for classical biological control of invasive species, 130 Mark S. Hoddle
8 Measuring and evaluating ecological outcomes of biological control introductions, 161 Bernd Blossey
9 Methods for evaluation of natural enemy impacts on invasive pests of wildlands, 189 Roy G. Van Driesche
10 Cases of biological control restoring natural systems, 208 Roy G. Van Driesche, Paul D. Pratt, Ted D. Center, Min B. Rayamajhi, Phil W. Tipping, Mary Purcell, Simon Fowler, Charlotte Causton, Mark S. Hoddle, Leyla Kaufman, Russell H. Messing, Michael E. Montgomery, Rieks van Klinken, Jian J. Duan, and Jean -Yves Meyer
11 Societal values expressed through policy and regulations concerning biological control releases, 247 Andy W. Sheppard and Keith D. Warner
12 Managing conflict over biological control: the case of strawberry guava in Hawaii, 264 M. Tracy Johnson
13 An ethical framework for integrating biological control into conservation practice, 277 Keith D. Warner
14 Economics of biological control for species invading wildlands, 294 Roy G. Van Driesche and Kevin M. Heinz
15 The future of biological control: a proposal for fundamental reform, 314 Bernd Blossey
Concluding thoughts on future actions, 329 Roy G. Van Driesche, Daniel Simberloff, and David L. Wagner
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