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Conservation Biological Control - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120781478, 9780080529806

Conservation Biological Control

1st Edition

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Editor: Pedro Barbosa
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120781478
eBook ISBN: 9780080529806
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th June 1998
Page Count: 396
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This volume is a comprehensive treatment of how the principles of ecology and conservation biology can be used to maximize biological control. Conservation Biological Control presents various means to modify or manipulate the environment to enhance the activities of natural enemies of pests. It establishes a conceptual link between ecology and the agricultural use of agents for biological control, and discusses both theoretical issues as well as practical management concerns. Certain to be interesting to ecologists and entomologists, this volume will also appeal to scientists, faculty, researchers and students interested in pest management, horticulture, plant sciences, and agriculture.

Key Features

  • Contains chapters by an international team of leading authorities
  • Establishes a conceptual link between ecology and the agricultural use of agents for biological control
  • Discusses both theoretical issues as well as practical management concerns
  • Provides specific examples of how conservation principles are used to maximize the biological control of pests


Entomologists, agriculturists, plant scientists, faculty, researchers, and graduate students interested in biological control of pests. Institutions with strong programs in agricultural sciences, crop science, agronomy, entomology, and ecology

Table of Contents

Introduction: L.E. Ehler, Conservation Biological Control: Past, Present, and Future. D. Letourneau, Conservation Biology: Lessons for Conserving Natural Enemies. P. Barbosa, Agroecosystems and Conservation Biological Control. Influence of Habitat: Underlying Ecological Interactions: P. Barbosa and B. Benrey, The Influence of Plants on Insect Parasitoids: Implications to Conservation Biological Control. P. Barbosa and S.D. Wratten, Influence of Plants on Invertebrate Predators: Implications to Conservation Biological Control. D. Landis and F. Menalled, Ecological Considerations in the Conservation of Effective Parasitoid Communities in Agricultural Systems. Influence of Habitat: Designing Strategies: D.N. Ferro and J. McNeil, Habitat Enhancement and Conservation of Natural Enemies of Insects. W. Nentwig, T. Frank, and C. Lethmayer, Sown Weed Strips: Artificial Ecological Compensation Areas as an Important Tool in Conservation Biological Control. G. Gurr, H. van Emden, and S. Wratten, Habitat Manipulation and Natural Enemy Efficiency: Implications for the Control of Pests. Influence of Agronomic and Management Considerations on Conservation Biological Control: C. Hoy, J. Feldman, F. Gould, G. Kennedy, G. Reed, and J.A. Wyman, Naturally Occurring Biological Controls in Genetically Engineered Crops. J.R. Ruberson, N. Nemoto, and Y. Hirose, Pesticides and Conservation of Natural Enemies in Pest Management. Y. Hirose, Conservation Biological Control of Mobile Pests: Problems and Prospects. Implementation of Conservation Biological Control: Nemotodes: E.E. Lewis, J.F. Campbell, and R. Gaugler, A Conservation Approach to Using Entomopathogenic Nematodes in Turf and Landscapes. Insect Pathogens: J.R. Fuxa, Environmental Manipulation to Increase Levels of Microbial Control of Insects. Insects and Mites: I. Perfecto and A. Castiñeiras, Deployment of the Predacious Ants, and Their Conservation in Ecosystems. J.D. Dutcher, Conservation of Aphidophaga in Pecan Orchards. J. Nyrop, G. English-Loeb, and A. Roda, Conservation Biological Control of Spider Mites in Perennial Cropping Systems. Plant Pathogens: C.L. Wilson, Conserving Epiphytic Microorganisms on Fruits and Vegetables for Biological Control. P. Lucas and A. Sarniguet, Biological Control of Soil-Borne Pathogens with Resident versus Introduced Antagonists: Should Diverging Approaches Become Strategic Convergence? Weeds: R.M. Newman, D.C. Thompson, and D.B. Richman, Conservation Strategies for the Biological Control of Weeds. Subject Index.


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About the Editor

Pedro Barbosa

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Maryland


"This collection of papers by leading authorities in pest control and management takes the unique approach of using conservation biology as the central theme. The different sections are all well written and provide insights into the efforts to both conserve natural enemies and control pests through conservation biological control (e.g., strip-harvesting of alfalfa, etc.). The authors point out the value of this approach and the difficulties involved with its application under current agricultural and economic systems." --D.W. Kitchen in CHOICE, April 1999

"The timeliness of Conservation Biological Control is striking. The suggested alternative approach to biological-based management of invasive species is exciting in its ecological justification and its sustainability. This book is an excellent introduction to the current state-of-the-art in the preservation, facilitation, and augmentation of native natural enemies as biological controls." --Svata M. Louda in ECOLOGY, July 1999

"...Barbosa has successfully co-ordinated an international group of authors to provide a comprehensive coverage of a wide selection of topics from the ecological basis of the subject, and its practical application, through to the constraints on uptake and the problems of compatibility with the economics of cropping systems. There is, however, a lot of interesting science in this book and this reviewer thinks that the content of many of the well referenced chapters will be of interest to ecologists as well as biological control specialists." --BIOCONTROL NEWS AND INFORMATION

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