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The population dynamic role of parasitoids: Some inroads to a synthesis

WithMichael E. Hochberg

Insect parasitoids are often employed as theoretical models to better understand what drives population dynamics and the factors responsible for success in biological control. This is, in part, because parasitoids have more restricted host ranges than other classes of natural enemies, leading to putative ‘tightly-coupled’ interactions with their host(s). This paper presents how a number of recent studies support an integrated view of the role of monophagous parasitoids in host population dynamics and biological control.