Conclusion

The model-derived answers to the types of questions dealt with in the preceding sections can be compared for alternative biological control approaches and for candidate agent species so that appropriate choices in methods can be made. More fundamentally, as models help refine our knowledge of the population dynamics that apply in biological control systems, our theoretical understanding of the ecology is improved. Progress in both the applied and theoretical domains offers scope to make biological control less hit-and-miss with consequent cost savings and reduced risk of environmental impact.

See also: Agriculture Models; Allee Effects; Conservation Biological Control and Biopesticides in Agricultural; Growth Models; Herbivore-Predator Cycles; Insect Pest Models and Insecticide Application; Metapopulation Models; Population and Community Interactions; Predation; Prey-Predator Models; Terrestrial Arthropods.

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