Title

Application of Island Biogeographic Theory to Pests of Cultivated Crops

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-1979

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/8.4.577

Abstract

Data on the colonization and extinction of arthropods on Spartina alternifloraand soybeans are used to investigate the value of applying equilibrium biogeographic theory to the pests of cultivated crops. Care must be taken in the design, definition of terms, and evaluation of results of such attempts at practical applications of the equilibrium model because many potentially troublesome results are not obvious a priori. Equilibrium biogeographic theory is an extension, but not a substitute for, careful study of the natural history of the system in question.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Entomological Society of America, v. 8, issue 4, p. 577-582

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