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Smith, Clifford W., Julie Denslow, and Stephen Hight (eds.) 2002. Proceedings of workshop on biological control of native ecosystems in Hawaii. Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Botany) Technical Report 129. 122 pages.
Clearly the challenge to the community of scientists and managers seeking to use biological control agents in Hawaii is to make the most efficient use of limited space, personnel, and financial resources in bringing the safest yet most effective insect and pathogen agents on line. The most productive research strategies for meeting that goal was the topic of the 2000 Conservation Forum of the Hawai'i Secretartiat for Conservation Biology: Biological Control of lnvasive Plants in Native Hawaiian Ecosystems. Presenters and discussants were invited to provide both breadth of international experience in a diversity of plant-herbivore-predator systems and depth of understanding of the particular idiosyncracies of island ecosystems. They were charged to take from the theory and patterns of evolutionary and population biology and from the experience gained in Hawai'i to recommend a framework of research priorities and strategies. Such strategies should not only improve the efficiency with which we bring new control agents to the point of release, but also Increase the likelihood that released agents are both effective at reducing population sizes of target species and unlikely to threaten non-target plants. This volume is a compendium of historical syntheses, examples of effective research strategies, and detailed case studies from the Hawaiian experience in biological control. It is capped by a synthesis that arose from discussions of strategies for exploration and country-of-origin studies, of lessons from Hawaiian releases, of protocols for host-range testing, and of appropriate pre-and post-release assessments of impact.
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