Insects as Agents of Biological Control

It is only relatively recently that humans have gained an appreciation of the importance of insects in the regulation of populations of potentially harmful species of insects and plants. In many instances, this appreciation was gained only when, as a result of human activity, the natural regulators were absent, a situation that was rapidly exploited by these species whose status was soon elevated to that of pest. In the first three examples given below (taken from DeBach and Rosen, 1991), none of the organisms is a pest in its country of origin because of the occurrence there of various insect regulators. The discovery of these regulators, followed by their successful culture and release in the area where the pest occurs, constitutes biological control (Section 4.3).

Beekeeping for Beginners

Beekeeping for Beginners

The information in this book is useful to anyone wanting to start beekeeping as a hobby or a business. It was written for beginners. Those who have never looked into beekeeping, may not understand the meaning of the terminology used by people in the industry. We have tried to overcome the problem by giving explanations. We want you to be able to use this book as a guide in to beekeeping.

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