© 2006

Trophic and Guild in Biological Interactions Control

  • Jacques Brodeur
  • Guy Boivin

Part of the Progress in Biological Control book series (PIBC, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Arne Janssen, Marta Montserrat, Reinier HilleRisLambers, André M. de Roos, Angelo Pallini, Maurice W. Sabelis
    Pages 21-44
  3. Matt B. Thomas, Steve P. Arthurs, Emma L. Watson
    Pages 101-122
  4. F. J. Frank van Veen, Jane Memmott, H. Charles J. Godfray
    Pages 145-169
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 241-250

About this book


This volume explores modern concepts of trophic and guild interactions among natural enemies in natural and agricultural ecosystems - a field that has become a hot topic in ecology and biological control over the past decade. Internationally recognized scientists have combined their expertise and passion to examine how species interactions between biological control agents, such as competition, predation, parasitism, disease infection, mutualism, and omnivory affect arthropod population dynamics and the outcome of biological control. The common approach is the use of ecological theory to better interpret the prevalence, nature and outcome of trophic and guild interactions and, from a more applied perspective, to gain a comprehensive understanding of how and when to use biological control.


Biological control Entomology Fitness Guild interactions Insect natural enemies Trophic interactions biodiversity ecology ecosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacques Brodeur
    • 1
  • Guy Boivin
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut de Recherche en Biologie VégétaleUniversité de MontréalCanada
  2. 2.CRDH, AgricultureAgri-Food CanadaSaint-Jean-sur-RichelieuCanada

About the editors

Jacques Brodeur is professor of ecology and entomology at the Université de Montreal and chair of the Canada research chair in biocontrol. Guy Boivin is a research scientist for Agriculture and Agrifood Canada and adjunct professor at McGill University. They are both actively involved in research on insect natural enemies and biological control.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"The edited volume Trophic and guild interactions in biological control is a commendable step towards understanding the complex issues surrounding successful biological control in changing agro-ecosystems. … An engaging collection of papers useful to any biologist interested in basic community ecology or applied entomology, the text’s main strength is the diversity of natural enemies and species interactions presented. … The primary audience for the book will be advanced students and academics." (Lee A. Dyer and Rebecca E. Forkner, Ecology, Vol. 88 (6), 2007)