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On a theory of natural control of insect population


On a theory of natural control of insect population



Jour Theoret Biol 3(1): 19-50



DOI: 10.1016/s0022-5193(62)80003-4

This paper re-states, elaborates, and answers criticisms of, a theory of natural control of insect population which is summarized as follows: For the most part, control of increase of population of any species X is due to the combined action of den -sity-independent and imperfectly density-dependent environmental factors. In the comparatively rare cases where this combined action fails, increase to the point of collective suicide is prevented by the one and only perfectly density-dependent factor, namely, intra-specific competition of X. On the other hand, decrease of numbers to zero is prevented ultimately by density-independent factors alone.

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