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Weed biological control in low- and middle-income countries

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Day, M., Witt, A. and Winston, R. (2020) Weed biological control in low- and middle-income countries. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 38 . pp. 92-98. ISSN 2214-5745

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Article Link(s): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cois.2020.02.004

Publisher URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214574520300262

Abstract

Invasive alien plants have a significant impact on biodiversity, crop and pasture production, human and animal health, water resources, and economic development. As most low- and middle-income countries do not have the resources to actively manage invasive plants, many have intentionally introduced biological control agents to help manage their most important weeds. Some of these introductions have resulted in the successful control of numerous weeds such as Chromolaena odorata, Mimosa diplotricha, Pistia stratiotes, and Salvinia molesta. These successes are partly due to the reliance on biological control agents that have been tested and utilized elsewhere. However, despite the successes in weed biological control to date, many low- and middle-income countries are reluctant to pursue weed biological control, due to poor perceptions of biological control and lack of capacity. This results in missed opportunities to manage many weeds cost-effectively, and in so doing, increasing production costs and a dependency on herbicides.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Subjects:Science > Entomology
Science > Invasive Species > Modelling > Plant
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Biological control
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Effect of herbicides
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Weed ecology
Plant pests and diseases > Weeds, parasitic plants etc
Deposited On:01 Sep 2020 02:27
Last Modified:01 Sep 2020 02:29

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