Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Biological control: Pacific prospects.

Abstract

A workshop on biological control of insect pests and weeds in the South Pacific was held in Tinga in October 1985. This book arose out of preparatory studies for the workshop, revised and extended as a result of it. It provides a monograph that should serve as a text for the biological control of insect pests in that part of Oceania, and should also be valuable for identifying target pests and weeds for many years. An introductory chapter includes tables showing the distribution (in 18 countries) and importance of 32 major invertebrate pests (including one mollusc) and 17 major weeds in the south-west Pacific. This is followed by a chapter reviewing many factors relevant to biological control. Each of the remaining 47 chapters is devoted to a target pest or weed; these chapters are arranged in taxonomic sequence down to families. A typical chapter has the scientific name of the target organism as its title, with relevant common names in English and local languages, a distribution map and a text that includes notes on distribution, origin, life cycle, pest status, control measures, associated pests, natural enemies, attempts at biological control (listed by countries) and comments. The natural enemies referred to include arthropods, fungal diseases, parasitic nematodes and vertebrates. An index of scientific names of insects contains over 2000 entries, and there is also an extensive general index (including entries for other arthropods, weeds, pathogens and plants).