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Biological control of weeds is the deliberate use of natural enemies and pathogens to reduce biomass or population density of a target weed below its economic damage level. Biocontrol methods include (1) the classical (inoculative) approach, i.e. the control of naturalized weeds by the introduction of exotic control organisms from the weed's native range (mainly insects); (2) the inundative (bioherbicide) approach, i.e. periodic releases of an abundant supply of the control agent over the entire weed population to be controlled (mainly indigenous fungi to control native or naturalized weeds); and (3) the system management approach (related to the conservation and augmentative approaches), i.e. the cautious manipulation of a weed-pathogen or weed-insect system by stimulating the build-up of a disease epidemic or insect outbreak on the target weed population (use of native pathogens or insects to control native weeds). In this COST Action, all three approaches have been considered.

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Authors: MLLER-SCHRER H, UniversitÚ de Fribourg, DÚpartement de Biologie/Ecologie, Fribourg (CH);VOGELGSANG S (EDITORS), UniversitÚ de Fribourg, DÚpartement de Biologie/Ecologie, Fribourg (CH)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19242 EN (2000) 79pp., EUR 11.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-828-3012-8
Record Number: 200012042 / Last updated on: 2000-06-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en