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Biological control agents elevate hantavirus by subsidizing deer mouse populations

Publications Posted on: December 14, 2015
Biological control of exotic invasive plants using exotic insects is practiced under the assumption that biological control agents are safe if they do not directly attack non-target species.

Effects of biological control agents and exotic plant invasion on deer mouse populations

Publications Posted on: April 21, 2015
Exotic insects are commonly introduced as biological control agents to reduce densities of invasive exotic plants. Although current biocontrol programs for weeds take precautions to minimize ecological risks, little attention is paid to the potential nontarget effects of introduced food subsidies on native consumers. Previous research demonstrated that two gall flies (Urophora affinis and U.