Conservation Versus Pest Suppression: Finding the Balance

  • Tim R. New


Exploitation of forests for economic gain leads to measures to improve and increase amounts and quality of the timber and timber products extracted, whether these are from native or alien tree species. In plantation or more natural conditions, those measures include countering the impacts of pests and diseases, with control or management of these a continuing, and sometimes predictable and substantial, need in forest management. That suppression, often equated with causing mortality of pest insects, must take place in milieux in which native insects occur and be of conservation interest either as diverse communities of localised taxa characteristic of particular floristic regimes or – more rarely – as individual species signaled as of concern.


Alien species Forest dieback Forest Lepidoptera Outbreaks Pest management Pinus radiata Pollinators 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim R. New
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  1. 1.Department of Ecology, Environment & EvolutionLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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