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Selection of pathogen agents in weed biological control: critical issues and peculiarities in relation to arthropod agents

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Morin, L and Evans, KJ and Sheppard, AW, Selection of pathogen agents in weed biological control: critical issues and peculiarities in relation to arthropod agents, Australian Journal of Entomology, 45, (4) pp. 349-365. ISSN 1326-6756 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-6055.2006.00562.x

Abstract

Plant pathogens are playing an increasing role in classical biological control of weeds worldwide. This paper presents an explicit framework consisting of various interconnected steps to facilitate and streamline the selection process for pathogen agents. It also highlights and discusses critical issues associated with the various steps of the selection framework such as the climatic-matching approach to find well-adapted agents, host-pathogen matching and pathogen genetic structure. Processes and issues relating to the selection of pathogens are then contrasted with those usually adopted for arthropod selection in weed biological control. In both cases optimising the level of genetic diversity in introduced agents is seen as beneficial to biological control success. The difference in regulatory approach for multiple and genetically pure pathogen strains vs. genetically variable arthropod agents is highlighted for further scientific debate. © 2006 CSIRO.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant Biology
Research Field:Plant Pathology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species
Objective Field:Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Forest and Woodlands Environments
Author:Evans, KJ (Dr Katherine Evans)
ID Code:40854
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2012-03-05
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