September 1998, Volume 19 No. 3
In our journal, we try to build a bridge between the biological control research summarized in our abstracts section and the scientific, economic, social and political issues affecting biological control today. In this issue, we are very pleased to present some new analysis of the economics of biological control programmes and to include more contributions to our new section on biological control training and farmer participation. We also continue our coverage of international debate on biological control safety and the development of consultative, regulatory systems. Biological control scientists need to be partners with farmers, extensionists, environmentalists, businessmen and regulators. Seeing each other's perspectives, and learning each other's language is important to the future of biological control. As you will see in this issue, the contribution of these partners to a public appreciation of biological control is complementary, and often greater, than that which researchers can achieve on their own.