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Science  10 Aug 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6402, pp. 542-545
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6402.542

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  • RE: error in article

    Classical biological control (CBC) like any application of science carries with it the risk of non-target effects. Much of the science done in CBC is the careful study of such risks and the regulatory frameworks around CBC manage these risks effectively in the various jurisdictions in which the science is undertaken.

    It is incorrect to lump the release of mongoose in Hawaii and cane toads in Australia with the scientific discipline of CBC, as these mongoose and cane toad releases were unregulated releases done by farmers/lay people. I am bit surprised to see this falsehood being repeated in a journal of the standing of Science; it would be valuable to publish an erratum to correct this.

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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