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Refuge theory and biological control.
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PMID:  17736826     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
An important question in ecology is the extent to which populations and communities are governed by general rules. Recent developments in population dynamics theory have shown that hosts' refuges from their insect parasitoids predict parasitoid community richness patterns. Here, the refuge theory is extended to biological control, in which parasitoids are imported for the control of insect pests. Theory predicts, and data confirm, that the success of biological control is inversely related to the proportion of insects protected from parasitoid attack. Refuges therefore provide a general mechanism for interpreting ecological patterns at both the community level (their species diversity) and population level (their dynamics).
B A Hawkins; M B Thomas; M E Hochberg
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  262     ISSN:  0036-8075     ISO Abbreviation:  Science     Publication Date:  1993 Nov 
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Created Date:  2010-06-08     Completed Date:  2010-07-02     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0404511     Medline TA:  Science     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1429-32     Citation Subset:  -    
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