Parasites and pathogens of the invasive alien Harmonia axyridis

Roy, Helen E. ORCID:; Comont, Richard F.; Rhule, Emma L.; Harding, Susanne; Lawson Handley, Lori-Jayne; Poland, Remy L.; Riddick, Eric W.; Steenberg, Tove. 2013 Parasites and pathogens of the invasive alien Harmonia axyridis. In: Sloggett, John J.; Brown, Peter M.J.; Roy, Helen E. ORCID:, (eds.) IOBC-WPRS Working Group “Benefits and Risks of Exotic Biological Control Agents”: proceedings of the second meeting at Hluboká, Czech Republic, 30th October - 3rd November 2011. Darmstadt, International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants, West Palearctic Regional Section (IOBC-WPRS), 49-50. (IOBC-WPRS Bulletin, v. 94).

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Harmonia axyridis is an invasive alien predator in many countries across the world. The rapid establishment and spread of this species is of concern because of the threat it poses to biodiversity as a generalist predator. Understanding the mechanisms that contribute to the success of this species as an invader is not only intriguing, but also critical to our understanding of the processes governing such invasions. The enemy release hypothesis (ERH) could explain the rapid population growth of many invasive alien species. However, empirical evidence in support of the ERH is lacking. An alternative hypothesis that could explain rapid population growth is evolution of increased competitive ability (EICA).

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
ISBN: 9789290672739
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 08 Oct 2013 15:39 +0 (UTC)

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