This is the first book to bring together a comprehensive account of global activities in biological control, providing a global overview of biological control programs and bringing together information from introduction biological control, conservation biological control, and augmentative biological control (including commercial use). Arthropod and pathogen natural enemies are treated, as well as challenges to discovering and developing new agents, modern approaches to assessing new agents for introduction/commercial production, socioeconomic aspects of biological control, successes by region and future prospects.
This book provides a record of the types of organisms and main strategies used in biological control, key challenges confronting biological control in the 21st century, the main socioeconomic challenges that need to be addressed, biological control efforts around the globe and highlights important successes and failures, suggestions to move biological control forward in a changing world. Contributors are dedicated scientists and practitioners from around the world, together providing a global statement on the status of biological control.
Table of Contents
Introduction. HISTORY OF BIOLOGICAL CONTROL. 1 – The diversity of biological control agents. 2 – Conservation biological control. 3 – Importation biological control. 4 – Augmentative biological control. 5 – Unintended biological control. Biological control in the 21st century. 6 – Benefits and risks of biological control. 7 – Regulatory challenges for biological control. 8 – Access and benefit-sharing and biological control. 9 – Climate change and biological control. 10 – Taxonomy and biological control. SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACTS OF BIOLOGICAL CONTROL. 11 – Public perceptions of biological control. 12 – Economic impacts of biological control.13 – Uptake of biological control. BIOLOGICAL CONTROL SUCCESSES AND FAILURES. 14 – Biological control successes and failures – Oceania region. 15 – Biological control successes and failures – African region. 16 – Biological control successes and failures – Eurasian region. 17 – Biological control successes and failures – Indo-Pacific/Oriental region. 18 – Biological control successes and failures – North American region. 19 – Biological control successes and failures – Latin American region. FUTURE PROSPECTS FOR BIOLOGICAL CONTROL. 20 – Integrating pest management with biological control. 21 – Biological control as a conservation science. 22 – An evolutionary ecology synthesis for biological control. Index: Scientific names. Index: Common names. Index: Key words.
Dr Peter G. Mason is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Ottawa, Canada. The focus of his research is invasive alien species and importation biological control, with particular emphasis on host-range assessment and non-target impacts of parasitoids. He has served on the North American Plant Protection Organization Biological Expert Group and the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) Commission on Access and Benefit-Sharing. He is an Honorary Member of IOBC Global.