Canadian Forest Service Publications

Natural enemies and forest pest management. 1991. Nealis, V.G. The Forestry Chronicle 67(5): 500-505.

Year: 1991

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 21552

Language: English

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Forest insect pest management differs from pest management in other renewable-resource industries because of the relative complexity and stability of the forest environment. An important component of this complexity is the rich fauna of natural enemies attacking most forest insect pests. Understanding the relationship between forest insect pests and their natural enemies would permit better insight into the dynamics of pest populations. The active release of natural enemies in inoculative or inundative release strategies is a direct application of biological control to pest management. The conservation of resident natural enemies is an indirect biological control method with great potential. Knowledge of the ecology of natural enemies can be used to modify other forest practices such as reforestation and insecticide use to conserve or enhance the action of natural enemies.