Understanding invasion biology, and the dynamics of biological control practices, requires a multidisciplinary approach, embracing and integrating all the research tools at our disposal, particularly modern molecular and modelling techniques. Invasive Alien Arthropod Predators and Parasitoids provides a comprehensive and current overview of invasive alien arthropod predators and parasitoids through 20 chapters, contributed by 69 internationally renowned scientists (previously published as peer-reviewed papers in "BioControl" – August 2011), ranging from broad reviews of key topics on invasive alien species (IAS) to taxon-specific chapters. The context of invasion biology is given through nine chapters focusing on current themes but highlighting future directions and knowledge gaps. Concepts are explored in detail through ten chapters focusing on a taxonomically diverse range of arthropods. The concluding chapter presents an objective approach to considering the benefits and risks of exotic biological control agents.
Foreword: Alien arthropod predators and parasitoids: an ecological approach
1. A conceptual framework for understanding arthropod predator and parasitoid invasions
2. Alien arthropod predators and parasitoids: interactions with the environment
3. Ecological genetics of invasive alien species
4. Detecting arthropod intraguild predation in the field
5. A 'Goldilocks' hypothesis for dispersal of biological control agents
6. Can the enemy release hypothesis explain the success of invasive alien predators and parasitoids?
7. Ecological effects of invasive alien species on native communities, with particular emphasis on the interactions between aphids and ladybirds
8. Inventory of terrestrial alien arthropod predators and parasites established in Europe
9. Ecological effects and management of invasive alien Vespidae
10. Torymus sinensis: a viable management option for the biological control of Dryocosmus kuriphilus in Europe?
11. Ecology of Arachnida alien to Europe
12. The hitchhiker's guide to alien ant invasions
13. Invasive alien Crustacea: dispersal, establishment, impact and control
14. Invasions by ladybugs, ladybirds, and other predatory beetles
15. Ecology of Harmonia axyridis in natural habitats within its native range
16. The global spread of Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae): distribution, dispersal and routes of invasion
17. The chemical ecology of Harmonia axyridis
18. Living with the enemy: parasites and pathogens of the ladybird Harmonia axyridis
19. Benefits and risks of exotic biological control agents