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Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the United States

Eric M. Coombs, Janet K. Clark, Gary L. Piper and Alfred F. Cofrancesco Jr.

7 × 10 inches. Full-color photographs. Index. 448 pages.

2004. ISBN 978-0-87071-029-2. Paperback, $45.00.

Undesirable invasive plants are infesting public and private lands and waterways in this country at an alarming rate. Various methods are used to suppress these nonnative weeds, from herbicides to burning to cultivation. Classical biological control-in which selected host-specific, plant-attacking insects, mites, nematodes, and pathogens are introduced from the invasive plant's native lands-provides an additional tool for land managers.

In this book, leading experts review the discipline of biological control of invasive terrestrial and aquatic plants. Topics addressed include ecology, safety testing, nontarget impacts, and the processes of identifying, introducing, distributing, and monitoring biological control agents.

This book also provides information about 39 target plants in the continental United States and 94 agents, including their origin, biology, habitat, impacts, and distribution. The book concludes with information about invasive plants targeted for biological control in the future.

An invaluable reference for land managers, natural resource and weed control specialists, and students of natural resource management, Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the United States provides practical, science-based information needed for understanding and using biological control as part of an integrated invasive-plant management strategy.

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