Plant-mediated interactions: considerations for agent selection in weed biological control programs

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Show simple item record Milbrath, Lindsey R. Nechols, James R. 2014-05-22T15:55:54Z 2014-05-22T15:55:54Z 2014-05-22
dc.description.abstract Plant-mediated indirect interactions among herbivores (arthropods and pathogens) are common and extensively reported in the ecological literature. However, they are not well-documented with respect to weed biological control. Such interactions between biological control agents can have net positive or negative impacts on total weed suppression depending on the strength of the interaction(s), the relative importance of the agent indirectly impacted, and the combined weed suppression that results. A better understanding of plant-mediated interactions may improve decision-making about which agents to introduce in classical biological control programs for greatest impact on invasive weeds. This paper reviews the subject, including examples from the biological control literature; outlines the need for research on indirect effects of herbivores on other herbivores; discusses how such knowledge may strengthen classical biological control programs for invasive weeds; and provides recommendations for the kind of studies that should be done and how information about plant-mediated interactions could be integrated into agent evaluation protocols, to assist in decision-making about agents for importation and release. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.subject Indirect interactions en_US
dc.subject Weed biological control en_US
dc.subject Pre-release evaluation en_US
dc.subject Agent selection en_US
dc.title Plant-mediated interactions: considerations for agent selection in weed biological control programs en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US 2014 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1016/j.biocontrol.2014.02.011 en_US
dc.citation.epage 90 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Biological Control en_US
dc.citation.spage 80 en_US
dc.citation.volume 72 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jnechols en_US

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