Description

For many years the use of chemical agents such as pesticides and herbicides has been effective in controlling the many varieties of pests that infest both agricultural crops and backyard gardens. However, these pests are gradually becoming resistant to these agents, because the agents themselves are acting as selective factors making the pests better and better able to resist and persist. As a result, the use of biological controlling agents is increasing. This book is a comprehensive and authoritative handbook of biological control.

Readership

Entomologists, plant scientists, crop scientists, agricultural scientists, and individual researchers involved in the practical application of knowledge in related fields

Table of Contents

Introduction. Preface and Acknowledgments. cope and Significance of Biological Control. Theories and Mechanisms of Natural Population Regulation. Principles and Processes: Systemics, Taxonomy and Biological Control. Molecular Methods in Classical Biological Control. Exploration for Natural Enemies. Quarantine: Concepts, Facilities and Procedures. Culture and Colonization. Life-Table Construction and Analysis for Evaluating Biological Control Agents. Evaluation of Biological Control with Experimental Methods. Evaluation of Results: Economics of Biological Control. Evaluation of Results: Economics of Biological Control. Periodic Release and Manipulation of Natural Enemies. Genetic Improvement and Other Genetic Considerations For Improving the Efficacy and Success Rate of Biological Control. Enhanced Biological Control Through Pesticide Safety. Environmental Management to Enhane Biological Control in Agroecosystems. Agents, Biology, and Methods: Biology of Parasitic Hymenoptera. Terrestrial Arthropod Predatiors of Insect and Mite Pests. Phytophagous Insects Used in Control of Weeds. Pathogens as Biological Control Agents for Insects. Cross Protection and Systemic Acquired Resistance for Control of Plant Diseases. Genetic Mechanisms for Engineering Host Resistance to Plant Viruses. Bacillus Thuringiensis in Biological Control. Nutrition of Entomophagous Insects and Other Arthropods. Factors Affecting Sex Ratio and Quality in the Culturing of Parasitic Hymenoptera: A Genetic and Evolutionary Perspective. Evolution of Pesticide Resistance in Natural Enemies. Hypovirule

Details

No. of pages:
1046
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 1999
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780122573057
Electronic ISBN:
9780080533018

About the authors

T. Fisher

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Riverside, USA

Thomas Bellows

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Riverside, USA

L. Caltagirone

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Berkeley, USA

D. Dahlsten

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Berkeley, USA

Carl Huffaker

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Berkeley, USA

G. Gordh

Affiliations and Expertise

Agricultural Research Service, Kika de la Garza Subtropical, Agricultural Research Center

Reviews

"...the first comprehensive compendium on biological control in many years. This volume fills a niche vacant for more than two decades and will help attract and educate a new generation of biological control scientists." --The Quarterly Review of Biology, 2001

"This is a truly comprehensive work... For the practitioner of biological control access to this volume is essential, but the general entomologist will find much of interest." --Entomologist's Monthly Magazine, 2000

"...a gem for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of biological control." --Biological Journal of The Linnean Society, 2000

"The book is produced in the first-rate standards of Academic Press publications. It is well edited, and is accompanied with detailed subject and taxonomic indexes. Each chapter is supplemented by extensive bibliography. I am convinced that the book will find numerous readers especially among entomologists, but also among botanists, plant pathologists, soil microbiologists, plant scientists and technicians working in agricultural research, and growers interested in biological control." --Biologia Plantarum, 2000