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Genetics, evolution and biological control.

Book cover for Genetics, evolution and biological control.


This book is the result of the 12 keynote addresses, delivered at the third IOBC International Symposium held in Montpellier, France in October 2002, focusing on recent developments in genetics and evolutionary biology, and their relevance to biological control. Chapters are organized around the following themes: genetic structure of pest and natural enemy populations; molecular diagnostic tools i...

Chapter 2 (Page no: 19)

Measuring genetic variation in natural enemies used for biological control: why and how?

This paper explores why it is usually considered to be of prime importance to quantify the intrapopulation genetic variability in the biological attributes of insect parasitoids, and presents the different experimental and statistical methods that can be used to quantify such a level of genetic variation in quantitative biological traits. An exhaustive analysis of the results available in the literature is presented. Finally, the choice of the biological attributes that need to be studied for better pest control efficacy by parasitoids is considered.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Genetic structure of natural plant and pathogen populations. Author(s): Burdon, J. J. Thrall, P. H.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 39) Molecular systematics, Chalcidoidea and biological control. Author(s): Heraty, J.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 73) Genetic markers in rust fungi and their application to weed biocontrol. Author(s): Evans, K. J. Gomez, D. R.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 97) Tracing the origin of pests and natural enemies: genetic and statistical approaches. Author(s): Roderick, G. K.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 113) Tracing the origin of cryptic insect pests and vectors, and their natural enemies. Author(s): Brown, J. K.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 137) Predicting evolutionary change in invasive, exotic plants and its consequences for plant-herbivore interactions. Author(s): Müller-Schärer, H. Steinger, T.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 163) Experimental evolution in host-parasitoid interactions. Author(s): Kraaijeveld, A. R.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 183) Interactions between natural enemies and transgenic insecticidal crops. Author(s): Obrycki, J. J. Ruberson, J. R. Losey, J. E.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 207) The GMO guidelines project: development of international scientific environmental biosafety testing guidelines for transgenic plants. Author(s): Hilbeck, A.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 219) Genetic manipulation of natural enemies: can we improve biological control by manipulating the parasitoid and/or the plant? Author(s): Poppy, G. M. Powell, W.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 235) Sex-ratio distorters and other selfish genetic elements: implications for biological control. Author(s): Stouthamer, R.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • INRA, 37 Boul. du Cap, 06600 Antibes, France.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2004
  • ISBN
  • 085199735X
  • Record Number
  • 20033208633