International Journal of Tropical Insect Science

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 605–620 | Cite as

Biodiversity and Habitat Modification in Pest Management

  • H. F. van Emden
  • Z. T. Dabrowski


Species diversity of animals and plants is relevant to pest management in very different ways. Plant diversity provides sources of biologically active natural products and of genes for plant resistance. Animal diversity is involved in both harmful and beneficial interactions between crops and weeds or uncultivated land and in provision of potential biological control agents. The pest management implications of changes in biological diversity therefore need to be considered at a smaller scale in the management of cropping systems and on a larger scale in development programmes and national land use planning.


conservation ecosystems gene pool genetic diversity biological control wild plants 


La diversité des espèces animales et végétales touche à la lutte dirigée de plusieurs façons. La diversité végétale offre des sources de produits naturels biologiquement actifs et de gènes des résistance aux plantes. La diversité animale est impliquée dans les intéractions tant nuisibles que bénéfiques entre cultures et adventices ou terres incultes, et dans la fourniture des agents potentiels de lutte biologique. Les implications de la lutte dirigée concernant des changements dans la diversité biologique par conséquent ont besoin d’être considérées à petite échelle au niveau de la gestion des systèmes culturales et à une plus grande échelle au niveau des programmes de développement et de planification nationale de l’utilisation des terres.

Mots Clés

conservation écosystèmes pool de gènes diversité génétique lutte biologique plantes sauvages 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. F. van Emden
    • 1
  • Z. T. Dabrowski
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Plant SciencesThe University of ReadingBerkshireUK
  2. 2.The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)NairobiKenya

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