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Ladybeetles (Coccinellidae) Chapter 8.4

Roy, Helen; Migeon, Alain. 2010 Ladybeetles (Coccinellidae) Chapter 8.4. BioRisk, 4 (1). 293-313. 10.3897/biorisk.4.49

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Abstract/Summary

The majority of Coccinellidae are beneficial predators and they have received considerable research attention because of their potential as biological control agents. Indeed the role of coccinellids as predators of pest insects has been a major factor in the movement of coccinellids between countries. The commercial production of coccinellids by biological control companies and local producers led to a rapid increase in distribution thoughout the 1990’s. To date, 13 alien coccinellid species have been documented in Europe; 11 of these are alien to Europe (two are alien to Great Britain and Sweden but native within Europe). The distribution of alien coccinellids in Europe mirrors the biogeographical distribution and patterns of introduction. Some species have dispersed widely; Harmonia axyridis has spread rapidly from countries where it was deliberately introduced to many others across Europe. The ecological and economic impacts of alien coccinellids are not well documented. In this chapter we provide an overview of the temporal and spatial patterns of alien coccinellids in Europe.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3897/biorisk.4.49
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 1 - Observations, Patterns, and Predictions for Biodiversity
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment
CEH Sections: Pywell
ISSN: 1313-2644
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Please note that this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License - for more information see: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Additional Keywords: Coccinellid, ladybird, alien, Europe, biological control agent, Harmonia axyridis, distribution patterns
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 31 Aug 2010 13:23
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/10702

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