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Biological control of weeds.
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PMID:  15012395     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Classical biological control, i.e. the introduction and release of exotic insects, mites, or pathogens to give permanent control, is the predominant method in weed biocontrol. Inundative releases of predators and integrated pest management are less widely used. The United States, Australia, South Africa, Canada, and New Zealand use biocontrol the most. Weeds in natural ecosystems are increasingly becoming targets for biocontrol. Discussion continues on agent selection, but host-specificity testing is well developed and reliable. Post-release evaluation of impact is increasing, both on the target weed and on non-target plants. Control of aquatic weeds has been a notable success. Alien plant problems are increasing worldwide, and biocontrol offers the only safe, economic, and environmentally sustainable solution.
R E McFadyen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of entomology     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0066-4170     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu. Rev. Entomol.     Publication Date:  1998  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-11     Completed Date:  2004-04-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372367     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Entomol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  369-93     Citation Subset:  -    
Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Pest Management and Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Alan Fletcher Research Station, PO Box 36, Sherwood, Q 4075 Australia.
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