More and more farmers in ACP countries are reaping the benefits of biological control, using natural enemies to keep pests and weeds at bay as an effective and environmentally sound alternative to costly and harmful chemical products.

The approach is not necessarily difficult, but it does require careful selection and management of the right natural predators to destroy the undesired plant or insect, without damaging the balance of the ecosystem.

This well-illustrated book offers a useful introduction to the concept of biological control before exploring two major applications: the permanent control of invasive insects and plants in landscapes and the temporary suppression of both native and exotic pests in farms, tree plantations, and greenhouses. Written by leading international experts in the field, it should serve as a helpful reference for anyone interested in a more natural approach to pest management.

Control of Pests and Weeds by Natural Enemies: An Introduction to Biological Control

By T Center, R Van Driesche & M Hoddle
Blackwell, 2008. 484 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4051-4571-8
Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
Boschstr. 12
69469 Weinheim, Germany
Fax: +49/6201/606-223


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