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From Biological Control to Invasion: the ladybird Harmonia axyridis as a model species

Roy, Helen; Wajnberg, Eric. 2008 From Biological Control to Invasion: the ladybird Harmonia axyridis as a model species. Springer, 287pp. (BioControl, 53 Number 1).

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Abstract/Summary

Harmonia axyridis has been described as the “most invasive ladybird on Earth”. It has a long history of use as a classical biological control agent in the USA and more recently in Europe. This beetle has been effective at controlling pest insects in a variety of crop systems but it poses unacceptable risks by impacting on non-target species as both an intraguild predator and competitor. Written by renowned scientists, this book is a synthesis of recent research on H. axyridis and provides informative insights into current perspectives and future directions. Biological control is an essential component of sustainable agriculture but the distinction between a successful biological control agent and an invasive species can be narrow. We hope that lessons can be learnt from H. axyridis.

Item Type: Publication - Book
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/978-1-4020-6939-0
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity > BD02 An Integrated Framework for the Sustainable Management of Biological Introductions - Alien Species and Emerging Diseases
CEH Sections: Pywell
ISBN: 9781402069383
NORA Subject Terms: Agriculture and Soil Science
Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 01 Apr 2008 12:06
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2450

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