Sirex Woodwasp: A Model for Evolving Management Paradigms of Invasive Forest Pests
I attach here a review paper by three FABIans that was published online this week in the prestigious Annual Review of Entomology, the top ranked journal in entomology with a current impact factor of 13.021. The paper reviews the recent breakthroughs in research that challenge previous perceptions on the biology and control of the woodwasp and its fungal symbiont. It clearly illustrates the complexity of invasions such as this one, where the environment, host trees, the insect, its symbionts and biocontrol agents, together make up a mix of evolving variables of which the collective outcome is often highly unpredictable. The review also focus on the control of the wasp and on lessons learnt that can assist in helping to develop more efficient and sustainable management strategies.
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