Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Biological control successes and failures: Indo-Pacific/Oriental region.

Abstract

This chapter outlines the successes and failures of biological control in Indo-Pacific/Oriental Region. It covers a broad range of organisms used against a diverse set of targets, drawn from a master list of more than 105 plant and animal taxa, comprising 53 different families. Presented are lessons learned from past initiatives and provide a list of opportunities for future impactful work. Also, aside from discussing the technical aspects of past biological control endeavours, it also highlights how future programs could be used as entry points to pursue broader awareness raising and (community) engagement around topics related to food safety, pesticide use reduction, sustainability, and environmental preservation. Doing so may further magnify the resonantly positive (social and ecological) impacts biological control has already had in the Indo-Pacific/Oriental region, over the past 100+ years.