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Improving the agent selection, release and evaluation process: the role of bioclimatic modelling

Lawson, B.E., van Klinken, R.D., Day, M.D., Heard, T.A. and Zalucki, M.P. (2008) Improving the agent selection, release and evaluation process: the role of bioclimatic modelling. In: Proceedings of the 16th Australian Weeds Conference, 18-22 May 2008, Cairns, Queensland.

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The value of CLIMEX models to inform biocontrol programs was assessed, including predicting the potential distribution of biocontrol agents and their subsequent population dynamics, using bioclimatic models for the weed Parkinsonia aculeata, two Lantana camara biocontrol agents, and five Mimosa pigra biocontrol agents. The results showed the contribution of data types to CLIMEX models and the capacity of these models to inform and improve the selection, release and post release evaluation of biocontrol agents. Foremost among these was the quality of spatial and temporal information as well as the extent to which overseas range data samples the species’ climatic envelope. Post hoc evaluation and refinement of these models requires improved long-term monitoring of introduced agents and their dynamics at well selected study sites. The authors described the findings of these case studies, highlighted their implications, and considered how to incorporate models effectively into biocontrol programs.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Corporate Creators:QPIF
Additional Information:© R.G. and F.J. Richardson.
Keywords:CLIMEX modelling; Parkinsonia aculeata; Lantana camara; Mimosa pigra; weeds; biological control.
Subjects:Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Biological control
Science > Invasive Species > Modelling > Plant
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