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Classical weed biological control programmes aim to rapidly establish biocontrol agent populations throughout the range of a weed. Release strategies,...Read more
Classical biological control (CBC) can be used to decrease the density of invasive species to below an acceptable ecological and economic threshold. N...Read more
Results of recent research on Dactylopius opuntiae, a biological control agent for cactus weeds (Opuntia spp.) in South Africa and elsewhere, challeng...Read more
Evaluation of the success of biological control agents is essential to improve the efficiency and safety of future programmes. This study assessed the...Read more
Conventionally, agent host specificity has been the major concern in the selection of prospective agents for biological control of weeds. However, sub...Read more
Natural enemies may reduce the effectiveness of weed biocontrol agents and can also cause environmental damage, for example to a shared native insect ...Read more
Biological control (biocontrol) of invasive alien plants is a widely utilised weed management tool. Prospective biocontrol agents are typically assess...Read more
Parasitoids often are selected for use as biological control agents because of their high host specificity, yet such host specificity can result in st...Read more
Invasive alien plants have serious economic and ecological impacts, for example, by displacing native plants and invertebrates, and their management i...Read more
The weather is believed to affect the establishment of insect biological control agents in the field, in particular heavy rainfall immediately after r...Read more