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A systematic approach to biological control agent exploration and prioritisation for prickly acacia (Acacia nilotica ssp. indica)

Dhileepan, K. and Senaratne, K.A.D.W. and Raghu, S. (2006) A systematic approach to biological control agent exploration and prioritisation for prickly acacia (Acacia nilotica ssp. indica). Australian Journal of Entomology, 45 (4). pp. 303-307.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-6055.2006.00555.x

Publisher URL: http://www.agric.nsw.gov.au/Hort/ascu/myrmecia/myrmecia.htm

Abstract

Agent selection for prickly acacia has been largely dictated by logistics and host specificity. Given that detailed ecological information is available on this species in Australia, we propose that it is possible to select agents based on agent efficacy and desired impact on prickly acacia demography. We propose to use the 'plant genotype' and 'climatic' similarities as filters to identify areas for future agent exploration; and plant response to herbivory and field host range as 'predictive' filters for agent prioritisation. Adopting such a systematic method that incorporates knowledge from plant population ecology and plant-herbivore interactions makes agent selection decisions explicit and allow more rigorous evaluations of agent performance and better understanding of success and failure of agents in weed biological control.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:© The Authors © Australian Entomological Society.
Keywords:Agent prioritisation; biological control; climate matching; exploration; native host range; plant genotype matching.
Subjects:Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Weed ecology
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Biological control
Deposited On:16 Nov 2009 04:50
Last Modified:18 Apr 2011 01:29

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