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Mass Production of Beneficial Organisms

Invertebrates and Entomopathogens

Mass Production of Beneficial Organisms: Invertebrates and Entomopathogens is an essential reference and teaching tool for researchers in developed and developing countries working to produce "natural enemies" in biological control and integrated pest management programs.

As we become aware of the negative impact of pesticides in human health and on the environment, interest is rapidly increasing in developing biological pest control alternatives. Tremendous advances have been made in beneficial organism technology, such as insect predators and parasitoids, mite predators, entomopathogenic nematodes, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. However, developing techniques to mass produce these biological control agents is not enough if the cost of commercialization is prohibitive. Advancing mass production to the level of economic feasibility is critical, so these new technologies can compete in the open market.

This book educates academic and industry researchers, and enables further development of mass production so new technologies can compete in the open market. It is also an excellent resource for those researching beneficial arthropod mass production and technologies for other uses, including for study and application in biotechnology and biomedical research.


Entomologists, biological control researchers, industry working on the production of beneficial organisms, bioscience researchers seeking to establish culture or rearing of organisms for study and academics in the field of biotechnology

Hardbound, 764 Pages

Published: November 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-391453-8


  • Section I: Parasitoids and Predators

    1. Introduction
     Norman C. Leppla, Juan A. Morales-Ramos, David I. Shapiro-Ilan and M. Guadalupe Rojas

    2. Production of Coleopteran Predators
     Eric W. Riddick and Hongyin Chen

    3. Production of Heteropteran Predators
     Patrick De Clercq, Thomas A. Coudron and Eric W. Riddick

    4. Production of Dipteran Parasitoids
     Maria L. Dindo and Simon Grenier

    5. Mass-Rearing Bemisia Parasitoids for Support of Classical and Augmentative Biological Control Programs 
     John A. Goolsby, Matthew A. Ciomperlik, Gregory S. Simmons, Charles J. Pickett, Juli A. Gould, and Kim Alan Hoelmer

    6. Mass Rearing of the Stem-Galling Wasp Tetramesa romana, a Biological Control Agent of the Invasive Weed, Arundo donax
     Patrick J. Moran, John A. Goolsby, Alex E. Racelis, Allen C. Cohen, Matthew A. Ciomperlik, K. Rod Summy, Don P.A. Sands, and Alan A. Kirk

    7. Artificial Diet Development for Entomophagous Arthropods
     Juan A. Morales-Ramos, M. Guadalupe Rojas and Thomas A. Coudron

    8. Life Tables as Tools of Evaluation and Quality Control for Arthropod Mass Production 
    Maribel Portilla, Juan A. Morales-Ramos, M. Guadalupe Rojas, and Carlos A. Blanco

    9. Concepts and Methods of Quality Assurance for Mass-Reared Parasitoids and Predators
     Norman C. Leppla

    Section II: Pathogens

    10. Production of Entomopathogenic Nematodes
     David I. Shapiro-Ilan, Richou Han, and Xuehong Qiu

    11. Mass Production of Entomopathogenic Fungi - State of the Art.
     Stefan T. Jaronski

    12. Commercial Production of Entomopathogenic Bacteria
     Terry L. Couch

    13. Production of Entomopathogenic Viruses
     Steven Reid, Leslie Chan and Monique M. van Oers

    14. Formulation of Entomopathogens as Bioinsecticides
     Robert W. Behle and Tim Birthisel

    15. Mass Production of Entomopathogens in Less Industrialized Countries
     David Grzywacz, David Moore, and R. J. Rabindra

    Section III: Invertebrates for Other Applications

    16. Insect protein as a partial replacement for fishmeal in the diets of juvenile fish and crustaceans
     Eric W. Riddick

    17. Insects as Food for Insectivores
     Mark D. Finke and Dennis Oonincx

    18. Insects for Human Consumption
     Marianne Shockley Cruz and Aaron Dossey

    19. Production of Solitary Bees for Pollination in the U.S.
     Stephen S. Peterson and Derek R. Artz

    20. Current and Potential Benefits of Mass Earthworm Culture
     Christopher N. Lowe, Kevin R. Butt, and Rhonda L. Sherman


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