Biocontrol - Risky but necessary?

Matthew Brian Thomas, A. J. Willis

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There is currently much debate concerning the risks of biological control and the potential harmful effects of nonindigenous species introduced for controlling exotic pests. Biocontrol advocates generally appear reluctant to accept the possibility that there could be side-effects associated with biocontrol, often refuting evidence of harmful effects and suggesting that current practices are sufficient to minimize any risks. The biocontrol critics, on the other hand, although eager to provide evidence to the contrary, appear reluctant to propose any detailed, constructive criticisms or workable solutions. Here, we attempt to put these arguments into context, and suggest some directions for future research that might help to resolve some of the problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-329
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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