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Insect Resistance Management

Biology, Economics, and Prediction

Neither pest management nor resistance management can occur with only an understanding of pest biology. For years, entomologists have understood, with their use of economic thresholds, that at least a minimal use of economics was necessary for proper integrated pest management. IRM is even more complicated and dependent on understanding and using socioeconomic factors. The new edition of Insect Resistance Management addresses these issues and much more.

Many new ideas, facts and case studies have been developed since the previous edition of Insect Resistance Management published. With a new chapter focusing on Resistance Mechanisms Related to Plant-incorporated Toxins and heavily expanded revisions of several existing chapters, this new volume will be an invaluable resource for IRM researchers, practitioners, professors and advanced students. Authors in this edition include professors at major universities, leaders in the chemical and seed industry, evolutionary biologists and active IRM practitioners. This revision also contains more information about IRM outside North America, and a modeling chapter contains a large new section on uncertainty analysis, a subject recently emphasized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The final chapter contains a section on insecticidal seed treatments.

No other book has the breadth of coverage of Insect Resistance Management, 2e. It not only covers molecular to economic issues, but also transgenic crops, seed treatments and other pest management tactics such as crop rotation. Major themes continuing from the first edition include the importance of using IRM in the integrated pest management paradigm, the need to study and account for pest behavior, and the influence of human behavior and decision making in IRM.

Pest control, crop science, agricultural economics researchers and scientists; entomologists; agricultural engineers; plant scientists; graduate-level students

Hardbound, 560 Pages

Published: October 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-396955-2


  • “This updated edition…is an excellent overview of IRM; hopefully, future researchers will work closely with plant pathologists, plant breeders, and even medical scientists struggling with very similar issues plaguing society that appear to stem from very similar biological processes. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”--CHOICE, July 2014

    "…recent advances in this dynamic field are well documented and explained in the second edition of the book…easy to read and the language is very accessible to non-specialists, so it should be considered a very valuable reference for students and professional researchers interested in IRM, including insect pathologists involved in the use of entomopathogens for pest control."--Society for Invertebrate Pathology Newsletter, June 2014
    "Contributors from entomology, agriculture, and economics explore aspects of managing insect resistance to pesticides, reporting their own results, reviewing those of others, and offering practical suggestions for applying them. Among the topics are understanding resistance and induced responses of insects to xenobiotics and insecticides in the age of "omics" and systems biology, concepts and complexities of population genetics,…"--, February 2014


  • 1. Major Issues in Insect Resistance Management

      David W. Onstad

    2. Valuing Pest Susceptibility to Control

      Paul D. Mitchell and David W. Onstad

    3. Understanding Resistance and Induced Responses of Insects to Xenobiotics and Insecticides in the Age of "Omics" and Systems Biology

      Barry Robert Pittendrigh, Venu Madhav Margam, Kent Walters, Laura D. Steele, Brett P. Olds, Lijie Sun,   Joseph Huesing, Si Hyeock Lee and John M. Clark

    4. Resistance Mechanisms Related to Plant-incorporated Toxins

      Analiza Alves and Mark Nelson

    5. Concepts and Complexities of Population Genetics

      David W. Onstad and Aaron Gassmann

    6. Resistance by Ectoparasites

      Lisa Knolhoff and David W. Onstad

    7. Insect Resistance to Crop Rotation

      Sarah Hughson, Eli Levine and Joseph L. Spencer

    8. Arthropod Resistance to Crops

      David W. Onstad and Lisa Knolhoff

    9. The Role of Landscapes in Insect Resistance Management

      David W. Onstad and Yves Carrière

    10. Negative Cross-Resistance: History, Present Status, and Emerging Opportunities

     Barry R. Pittendrigh, Joseph Huesing, Kent Walters, Brett Olds, Laura D. Steele, Lijie Sun, Patrick Gaffney, and Aaron J. Gassmann

    11. The Roles of Natural Enemies and Density-Dependent Mortality in Resistance Management

    David W. Onstad, Anthony Shelton, and Lindsey Flexner

    12. Insect Resistance Management: Adoption and Compliance

      Terrance M. Hurley and Paul D. Mitchell

    13. Modeling for Prediction and Management

      David W. Onstad

    14. Monitoring Resistance

      Bruce H. Stanley

    15. IPM and Insect Resistance Management

      David W. Onstad


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