Predicting climate compatibility of biological control agents in their region of introduction

@inproceedings{Byrne2010PredictingCC,
  title={Predicting climate compatibility of biological control agents in their region of introduction},
  author={Marcus J Byrne and J. Coetzee and Andrew John McConnachie and W. Parasram and Martin Patrick Hill},
  year={2010}
}
Despite the presence of their host plants, many biological control agents of weeds fail to establish, apparently because of climatic incompatibility in the country of introduction. We examined the thermal physiology, in particular the lower development threshold ( t), rate of development K, and CTMin and lower LT50, of four biological control agents. These parameters were used in degree–day, CLIMEX TM, and minimum temperature models to compare the predicted distribution of the insects with… CONTINUE READING