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Theoretical Approaches to Biological Control

Specially designed for readers who are not theoreticians, but who wish to use theoretical principles in their decision-making
Gathers together recent theoretical developments in a number of fields in one handy volume
Includes evolutionary as well as ecological considerations for successful biological control

By: Bradford A Hawkins (Editor), Howard V Cornell (Editor)

412 pages, 89 b/w illustrations, 18 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Oct 2008 | #177856 | ISBN-13: 9780521082877
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Hardback | May 1999 | #77103 | ISBN: 0521572835
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About this book

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 failed more often than it has succeeded. However by developing theories based upon fundamental population principles and the biological characteristics of the pest and agent, we can gain a much better understanding of when and how to use biological control.

Theoretical Approaches to Biological Control 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 will be a source of productive and stimulating thought for all those interested in pest management, theoretical ecology and population biology.

Paperback re-issue; originally published in 1999.

"[...] a timely volume, which covers all the recent debates related to biological control"
Trends in Ecology and Evolotion



Part I. Biological Control Theory: Past and Present:
1. The theoretical foundations of biological control Alan A. Berryman
2. Recent developments in theory for biological control of insect pests by parasitoids Cheryl J. Briggs, William W. Murdoch and Roger M. Nisbet
3. Biological control models: a field guide Nigel D. Barlow

Part II. Ecological Considerations:
4. The uniformity and density of pest exploitation as guides to success in biological control Michael E. Hochberg, and Robert D. Holt
5. Biological control of insect pests: a tritrophic perspective Nick J. Mills and Andrew P. Gutierrez
6. The case for generalists in biological control Gary C. Chang and Peter Kareiva
7. Why is the parasitoid Encarsia formosa so successful in controlling whiteflies Joop C. van Lenteren and Herman W. J. van Roermund
8. Parasitoid adult nutritional ecology: implications for biological control Mark A. Jervis and Neil A. C. Kidd
9. Coexistence of multiple attractors and its consequences for a three-species food chain Liebe F. Cavalieri and Huseyin Koçak

Part III. Spatial Considerations:
10. Dynamics of spatially structured spider mite populations Sandra J. Walde and Gösta Nachman
11. Habitat fragmentation and biological control Teja Tscharntke and Andreas Kruess
12. Outbreaks of insects: a dynamic approach Alan Hastings

Part IV. Genetic/Evolutionary Considerations:
13. Population dynamics and the evolutionary stability of biological control Robert D. Holt, Michael E. Hochberg and Michael Barfield
14. Genetic conflict in natural enemies: a review, and consequences for the biological control of arthropods Martha S. Hunter
15. Overexploitation and mutualism in plant–herbivore–predator interactions: their evolution and impact on population dynamics Maurice W. Sabelis, Minus van Baalen, Jan Bruin, Martijn Egas, Vincent A. A. Jansen, Arne Janssen and Bas Pels
16. A Darwinian view of host selection and its practical implications Robert F. Luck, and Leonard Nunney

Part V. Microbes and Pathogens:
17. The dynamics of insect–pathogen interactions H. C. J. Godfray and Cheryl Briggs
18. Host–pathogen–parasitoid systems Michael Begon, Steven M. Sait and David J. Thompson
19. Persistence of natural enemies of weeds and insect pests in heterogeneous environments David W. Onstad and Edward A. Kornkven
20. Application of insect–athogen models to biological control Matthew B. Thomas, Simon N. Wood and Veronica Soloranzo
21. Dose–response relationships in biocontrol of plant disease and their use to define pathogen refuge size Kenneth B. Johnson


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- Michael Barfield
- Nigel D. Barlow
- Michael Begon
- Alan Berryman
- Cheryl J. Briggs
- Jan Bruin
- Liebe F. Cavalieri
- Gary C. Chang
- Martijn Egas
- H. C. J. Godfray
- Andrew P. Gutierrez
- Alan Hastings
- Michael E. Hochberg
- Robert D. Holt
- Martha S. Hunter
- Vincent A. A. Jansen
- Arne Janssen
- Mark A. Jervis
- Kenneth B. Johnson
- Peter Kareiva
- Neil A. C. Kidd
- Huseyin Koçak
- Edward A. Kornkven
- Andreas Kruess
- Robert F. Luck
- Nick J. Mills
- William W. Murdoch
- Gösta Nachman
- Roger M. Nisbet
- Leonard Nunney
- David W. Onstad
- Bas Pels
- Maurice W. Sabelis
- Steven M. Sait
- Veronica Solorranzo
- Matthew B. Thomas
- David J. Thompson
- Teja Tscharntke
- Minus van Baalen
- Joop C. van Lenteren
- Herman J. W. van Roermund
- Sandra J. Walde
- Simon N. Wood

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