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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Article Title

Pests of native flowers

Authors

W M. Woods

Keywords

Wild flowers, Insect pests, Danima banksia, Biological control agents

First Page Number

119

Last Page Number

121

Abstract

For millions of years native insects have used Australia's native plants for food and shelter. Today, we wish to cultivate these plants to produce beautiful flowers and foliage for export. However, the insects that live on the plants in the wild will attack those plants grown in cultivation, and these insects themselves will be attacked by their own predators and parasites. The challenge in floricultural entomology is to use this natural biological control as part of a cheap and effective pest management system.

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