Biological control is among the most promising methods for control of pests, diseases and weeds, and this book treats ecological and societal aspects together for the first time. The aim is to evaluate the significance of certain biological properties like biodiversity and natural habitats. In a societal approach terms like ‘consumer’s attitude’, ‘risk perception’, ‘learning and education’ and ‘value triangle’ are recognized as significant for biological production and human welfare.
Table of ContentsContributors. Preface. 1. Concepts and visions of biological control. 2. Socioeconomic significance of biological control. 3. Biological control in organic production: first choice or last option? 4. Food consumption, risk perception and alternative production technologies. 5. Education in biological control at the university level at KVL. 6. Implementation of biological control and IPM in Dutch horticulture. 7. Biocontrol in protected crops: is lack of biodiversity a limiting factor? 8. The soil as a reservoir for antagonists to plant diseases. 9. The soil as a reservoir for natural enemies of pest insects and mites with emphasis on fungi and nematodes. 10. Degeneration of entomogenous fungi. 11. Biological control of mosquitoes: management of the Upper Rhine mosquito population as a model programme. 12. Biological control of scarabs and weevils in Christmas trees and greenery plantations. 13. An integrated approach to biological control of plant diseases and weeds in Europe. 14. Potential health problems due to exposure in handling and using biological control agents. 15. Harmonia axyridis: A succesful biocontrol agent or an invasive threat ? Index.