A network approach to modeling population aggregation and genetic control of pest insects.

  title={A network approach to modeling population aggregation and genetic control of pest insects.},
  author={Laith Yakob and Istvan Z. Kiss and Michael B. Bonsall},
  journal={Theoretical population biology},
  volume={74 4},
Historically, models of the invasion and biological control of insect pests have omitted heterogeneities in the spatial structure of the targeted populations. In this study, we use stochastic network simulations to examine explicitly population heterogeneity as a function of landscape structure and insect behavior. We show that when insects are distributed non-randomly across a heterogeneous landscape, control can be significantly hindered. However, when insect populations are clustered as a… CONTINUE READING

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