Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) Biocontrol

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The HEAR biological control (biocontrol) site presents a collection of general resources about biocontrol, and--in particular--links to information about biocontrol in Hawaii. For further information, contact webmaster@hear.org.


The International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds (ISBCW) will be held September 11-16, 2011 in Hawaii.

What is biocontrol?

Biocontrol is the use of natural enemies to control the growth or spread of a pest species.

Natural enemies (e.g., insects or pathogens) which naturally occur in the native range of alien pest species are carefully selected to be used to reduce or slow the spread of populations of pest species. In industry parlance, these natural enemies are known as biocontrol agents. Each biocontrol agent is typically used to target one particular target species (biocontrol target).

Biocontrol agents should be carefully researched before introduction to ensure that they will not inadvertently affect non-target species.

Biocontrol resources

The Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk (HEAR) project is currently funded by the Pacific Basin Information Node (PBIN) of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) through PIERC (USGS) with support from HCSU (UH Hilo). More details are available online. Pacific Basin Information Node (PBIN)National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)

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