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Title: Understanding the side effects of classical biological control

Author: Pearson, Dean;

Date: 2008

Source: Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 3.

Publication Series: Science Bulletins and Newsletters

Description:

Classical biological control involves the use of imported natural enemies to suppress or control populations of the target pest species below an economically or ecologically relevant threshold. Biological control is a useful tool for mitigating the impacts of exotic invasive plants; however, its application is not without risk (see Carruthers and D’Antonio 2005, and articles contained in this special issue). Research by me and my colleagues has demonstrated that gallfly biological control agents introduced for spotted knapweed control have several unintended impacts on nontarget species.

Keywords: biological control, pest species, invasive species, gallfly, spotted knapweed

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Pearson, Dean. 2008. Understanding the side effects of classical biological control. In: Kim, Mee-Sook; Butler, Jack, ed. Invasive Species Science Update (No. 2). Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 3.

 


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