Some Aspects of Population Dynamics Relative to Augmentation of Natural Enemy Action

  • C. B. Huffaker
  • R. L. Rabb
  • J. A. Logan
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 11)


This volume deals with augmentation of natural enemy action — a pest control strategy having several specific tactical components. To do so objectively, this strategy must be placed in a realistic ecological and economic framework broad enough to include situations where the strategy might be used successfully alone, where it can be used as one component in an integrated pest management system, and (very importantly) where it has little promise of successful application. The probable direct and indirect effects of its application must be ascertained and compared with those to be expected from the application of alternative strategies and tactics. This comparison must be on a cost-benefit basis from a long-term, as well as short-term view (the long-term view essentially is that the practice must not detract from the crop production or profit potential of the area in which it is used; i.e., it must be both ecologically and economically sound).


Biological Control Natural Enemy Prey Density Intraspecific Competition Pest Population 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. B. Huffaker
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. L. Rabb
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. A. Logan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological ControlUniversity of California BerkeleyAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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