Can snails ever be effective and safe biocontrol agents?

@article{Cowie2001CanSE,
  title={Can snails ever be effective and safe biocontrol agents?},
  author={Robert H. Cowie},
  journal={International Journal of Pest Management},
  year={2001},
  volume={47},
  pages={23 - 40}
}
  • R. Cowie
  • Published 2001
  • Biology
  • International Journal of Pest Management
The use of snails as biocontrol agents against other snails and against aquatic weeds is reviewed, evaluating their success and their impacts on non-target organisms. The predatory snail Euglandina rosea (and other species), although widely used against Achatina fulica (the giant African land snail) on Pacific and Indian Ocean islands, has not been shown to control A. fulica but has seriously impacted endemic island species. The facultative predator Rumina decollata , used in California against… Expand
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