Use biological control to manage invasive or problematic species
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Biological control may be used to reduce the population of invasive or problematic species, such as those that form harmful algal blooms (e.g. Nagasaki et al. 1999). This may involve releasing native or non-native predators, parasites or diseases that are likely to affect specific invasive or other problematic species. However, there are risks involved and the use of native species as biological control should be prioritised over non-native species (Secord 2003).
Nagasaki K., Tarutani K. & Yamaguchi M. (1999) Growth characteristics of Heterosigma akashiwo virus and its possible use as a microbiological agent for red tide control. Applied and environmental microbiology, 65, 898–902.
Secord D. (2003) Biological control of marine invasive species: cautionary tales and land-based lessons. Biological Invasions, 5, 117–131.