Biological Control in Plant Protection: A Colour Handbook, Second Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-03-07
  • Publisher: CRC Press

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This Colour Handbook reviews the natural predators, parasites and pathogens used to control pest populations and analyses their characteristics and practical applications. It is designed to enable the reader to anticipate, recognise and resolve specific problems of pest management. Intended as a concise accessible reference to the field, this book will be of interest to a broad spectrum of academic, professional and lay readers; the growers and the consultants advising them, students in horticulture and crop science and scientists in a broad range of related disciplines. ' Superb, detailed colour photographs and line drawings of predator, parasite and pest species. ' Accessible, practical format. ' Covers all the major commercial planting environments; Arable, Orchard, Glasshouse and Ornamental (parks and gardens). ' Unique world wide coverage. ' Comperhensively corss-referenced by crop, pest, and pest control species (parasites and predators).

Table of Contents

Preface, Section 1: Plant environments, Arable environments, Orchards, Protected environments. Section 2: Pest profiles, Pest identification guide, Common pest species, Aphids and psyllids, Leaf hoppers, Mealybugs, Scale insects, Whitefly, Caterpillars (moths), Leaf miners, Spider mites, Thrips, Sciarids, Slugs and snails, Beetles, Vine weevils, Woodlice. Section 3: Beneficial profiles, Parasitic wasps, Predatory midges, Dance flies, Hoverflies, Predatory insects, Predatory lacewings, Predatory mites, Centipedes, Ladybirds, Ground beetles, Carabid beetles, Tiger beetles, Rove beetles, Earwigs, Spiders, Harvestmen. Section 4: Entomopathogens, Nematodes, Fungi, Bacteria, Viruses. Practical tips for gardeners, Index.


Despite great current interest in the subject, and itsimportance to growers and scientists alike, books onbiological pest control are still uncommon and mostlyunsatisfactory (we have referenced the best of these).Several make passing reference to a few common beneficialorganisms, but most are concerned with the pest species andthe plant damage they cause. In this brief volume we havetried to go some way towards rectifying this situation.Developing from an idea expressed to us by Dr Paul Jepson,now at Oregon State University, the aim has been toproduce a handbook containing profiles and colour photo -graphs of as many examples of biological control organismsrepresentative of as wide a global area as possible.Each profile is divided into four sections: speciescharacteristics, including organism size, host food andclosely related species; life cycle; crop/pest associations;and influences on growing practices. The section oncrop/pest associations describes how and when theorganism attacks its prey, the crops and environments inwhich it is likely to be found, and whether it is com -mercially available. The section on the influence ongrowing practices completes each profile by summarizinghow growers can make best use of these natural enemies,and often makes mention of harmful, safe and IPMcompatiblepesticides.Although all the organisms occur naturally in variousparts of the world and several are commercially massproduced,many can only be found in their naturalenvironment and usually close to their food sources. Wetherefore thought that a short section on the pests wasessential, since all the natural enemies require a host fortheir survival.We hope this handbook will be useful to advisers,extension officers, educators and research workers, and toall growers with an eye for the environment, no matterhow large or small the area under production.Neil HelyerKevin BrownNigel Cattlin

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