Tuesday, 19 November 2002 - 11:36 AM

This presentation is part of : Ten-Minute Papers, Subsection Ca. Biological Control

A self-guided online learning module explores the risks and benefits of biological control

Kerri M. Skinner, University of Nebraska, Depts. of Biology/Teacher Education, 209C Bruner Hall of Science, Kearney, NE, William Wyatt Hoback, University of Nebraska, Department of Biology, 905 W. 25th Street, Kearney, NE, and Sribhagyam Srinivasan, University of Nebraska, Dept. of Teacher Education, 1615 W 24th ST, Kearney, NE.

We have developed an online learning module that educates the public on the risks of biological control through a series of linked web pages. The module allows the user to learn about the potential costs and benefits of using this form of pest management by self-selecting links to pages that present information on risks to non-target species, the economics of developing a biological control agent, and the role of the agent in its new ecosystem. This learning module is part of a web site that explores issues regarding exotic species, their means of introduction, and their economic and ecological impacts.

Species 1: Coleoptera Curculionidae Rhinocyllus conicus
Species 2: Lepidoptera Pyralidae Cactoblastis cactorum
Keywords: biological control, education

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