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Cambridge University Press
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August 2010
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Weeds are a major constraint to agricultural production, particularly in the developing world. Cost-efficient biological control is a self-sustaining way to reduce this problem, and produces fewer non-target effects than chemical methods, which can cause serious damage to the environment. This book covers the origin, distribution, and ecology of twenty model invasive weed species, which occur in habitats from tropical to temperate to aquatic. Sustainable biological control of each weed using one or more arthropods is discussed. The aim is to provide ecological management models for use across the tropical world, and to assist in the assessment of potential risks to native and economic plants. This is a valuable resource for scientists and policy makers concerned with the biological control of invasive tropical plants.


Review of the hardback:'This is an impressive and comprehensive treatment of the subject presented in a readable and accessible style … should be of considerable use to practitioners in the field and equally to policy makers … It is likely that this treatise will remain the most relevant and seminal treatment of the subject for some good time ahead.'

Source: Biologist

Review of the hardback:'… good source of information supported by 1700 references, supplemented with figures, and it is well indexed. The text is a valuable resource for scientists and policy makers …'

Source: Journal of Agricultural Science

Review of the hardback:'… a useful resource for professionals working on biological control of invasive tropical plants as it provides guidelines for techniques and approaches that can serve the introduction of biological weed management in developing countries. The insights into insect and weed ecology provided by the various case studies will be of interest to both entomologists and weed scientists.'

Source: Experimental Agriculture

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