Canadian Forest Service Publications

Insect pathogens and their potential for regulation of insect populations. 1971. Cameron, J.W.M. Pages 267-277 in Proceedings Tall Timbers Conference on Ecological Animal Control by Habitat Management February 25-27, 1971. Contribution No. 198.

Year: 1971

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 35206

Language: English

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Like all other forms of animal life, insects are subject to diseases caused by infectious organisms. Some of these diseases have been recognized for well over 2000 years, and as might be guessed they were first observed and studied in useful species, namely the honeybee and the silkworm, where they sometimes caused serious economic losses. As a matter of fact aboutΒΈ100 years ago the silk industry in France was on the verge of disaster due to the widespread occurrence of a disease caused by a protozoan.