Insect Resistance Management

Insect Resistance Management

Biology, Economics, and Prediction

2nd Edition - October 8, 2013

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  • Editor: David W. Onstad
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123972330
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123969552

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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.

Key Features

  • Provides insights from the history of insect resistance management (IRM) to the latest science
  • Includes contributions from experts on ecological aspects of IRM, molecular and population genetics, economics, and IRM social issues
  • Offers biochemistry and molecular genetics of insecticides presented with an emphasis on recent research
  • Encourages scientists and stakeholders to implement and coordinate strategies based on local social conditions


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

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    List of Contributors


    Preface to Second Edition

    Preface to the First Edition

    Chapter 1. Major Issues in Insect Resistance Management

    Philosophy and History

    Major Themes



    Chapter 2. Valuing Pest Susceptibility to Control

    Goods and Values

    Valuation of Pests

    Discounting and Valuing the Future


    Overview of Economic Models



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


    General Mechanisms of Resistance

    Resistance to Classes of Insecticides

    Emerging Omics Technologies



    Chapter 4. Plant Incorporated Protectants and Insect Resistance


    Insecticidal Proteins

    Mode of Action of Bt Proteins

    RNA Interference

    Resistance to Bt Proteins

    PIP Dose and IRM



    Chapter 5. Concepts and Complexities of Population Genetics

    Without Natural Selection

    Evolution Due to Natural Selection

    Natural Selection in Patchy Landscapes

    Gene Flow and Population Structure


    Random Genetic Drift and Demographic Allee Effects

    Genetic Architecture and Evolution

    Selection Intensity and Genetics


    Gene Interactions

    Fitness Costs


    Resistance Evolution and Pest Generation Time

    Temporal and Spatial Scales in Hypotheses



    Chapter 6. Resistance by Ectoparasites



    Bed Bugs

    Human Head Lice

    Fleas of Cats and Dogs

    Mites on Bees

    Ticks of Cattle

    Blow Fly in Sheep

    Horn Fly on Cattle

    Musca domestica



    Chapter 7. Insect Resistance to Crop Rotation


    Corn Production, Corn Rootworm, and Insecticides

    Resistance to Crop Rotation

    Managing Rotation-Resistant Corn Rootworms

    Future Resistance


    Chapter 8. Resistance to Pathogens and Parasitic Invertebrates

    Resistance to Pathogens

    Resistance to Parasitic Invertebrates



    Further Reading

    Chapter 9. Arthropod Resistance to Crops

    Traditional Crops

    Transgenic Insecticidal Crops



    Chapter 10. The Role of Landscapes in Insect Resistance Management

    Temporal Dynamics and Management



    Chapter 11. Negative Cross-Resistance: History, Present Status, and Emerging Opportunities


    Existing Examples of Negative Cross-Resistance

    Screening and Development of Negative Cross-Resistance Toxins

    Deployment Strategies: The Case of Active Refuges and High-Dose Bt Crops

    Additional Issues



    Further Reading

    Chapter 12. Insect Resistance, Natural Enemies, and Density-Dependent Processes

    Natural Enemies: Direct Effects on Selection

    Natural Enemies: Density-Independent and Density-Dependent Effects

    Intraspecific, Density-Dependent Factors



    Chapter 13. Insect Resistance Management: Adoption and Compliance

    Conceptual Framework

    Human Behavior



    Chapter 14. Modeling for Prediction and Management

    Model Development and Evaluation

    Stochastic Models and Uncertainty Analysis

    IRM Models



    Chapter 15. Monitoring Resistance

    Susceptibility and Tolerance

    Quantifying Tolerance

    Monitoring to Detect the Early Development of Resistance

    Monitoring as Part of Resistance Management Program

    Examples of Monitoring Projects



    Chapter 16. IPM and Insect Resistance Management

    Case Studies

    Guidelines for Managing Insect Resistance




Product details

  • No. of pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: October 8, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123972330
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123969552

About the Editor

David W. Onstad

Dr. David W. Onstad has been an entomologist for over 40 years focusing on insect resistance management, insect epizootiology, economics of integrated pest management, and ecological modeling. He was elected fellow of the Entomological Society of America in 2022. Since retiring after 26 years as a professor at the University of Illinois, he has been the lead mathematical modeler for DuPont Pioneer/CortevaAgriscience in support of data-driven strategic decision-making, assessing resistance risks, and product registration and development of transgenic insecticidal crops.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Scientist, Corteva Agriscience, USA

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  • Luciana B. Mon Jan 08 2018

    Insect Resistance Management_An important contribution to Entomological research

    How I am medical veterinary and work with with the integrated management of pests directed to livestock importance of pests I miss publications that deal with the subject and present the history and evolution of IPM directed to arthropod parasites of animals and although the book only display a chapter on this subject, I consider its contribution important and opens the opportunity for a more complete approach in an upcoming issue. The other chapters interested me very much and will help in the execution of my activities as a researcher in Animal Health with emphasis on the control of parasitic arthropods in animal production systems.