Dr. Steven Juliano Distinguished Professor of Ecology Illinois State University Abstract: When faced with a population of a pest, we typically focus on the goal
Dr. Steven Juliano
Distinguished Professor of Ecology
Illinois State University
Abstract: When faced with a population of a pest, we typically focus on the goal of density reduction of that pest; however, consideration of basic population ecology indicates that population density can have complicated and interactive effects that may mean simple reduction of density could be counterproductive. Our work on mosquitoes shows: 1) how the density of larvae has important trait-mediated effects on adults, which may affect the likelihood of disease transmission; 2) mechanisms by which density-dependent survivorship interacts with extrinsic mortality to yield greater production of adults than would be the case without mortality; and 3) that these counter-intuitive effects are likely in nature. Focusing on the complexities of basic population ecology may improve strategies for controlling both mosquitoes and vector-borne disease.
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