Microbial Control of Insect and Mite Pests

Microbial Control of Insect and Mite Pests

From Theory to Practice

1st Edition - September 3, 2016

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  • Editor: Lawrence Lacey
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128035665
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128035276

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Microbial Control of Insect and Mite Pests: From Theory to Practice is an important source of information on microbial control agents and their implementation in a variety of crops and their use against medical and veterinary vector insects, in urban homes and other structures, in turf and lawns, and in rangeland and forests. This comprehensive and enduring resource on entomopathogens and microbial control additionally functions as a supplementary text to courses in insect pathology, biological control, and integrated pest management. It gives regulators and producers up-to-date information to support their efforts to facilitate and adopt this sustainable method of pest management. Authors include an international cadre of experts from academia, government research agencies, technical representatives of companies that produce microbial pesticides, agricultural extension agents with hands on microbial control experience in agriculture and forestry, and other professionals working in public health and urban entomology.

Key Features

  • Covers all pathogens, including nematodes
  • Addresses the rapidly progressing developments in insect pathology and microbial control, particularly with regard to molecular methods
  • Demonstrates practical use of entomopathogenic microorganisms for pest control, including tables describing which pathogens are available commercially
  • Highlights successful practices in microbial control of individual major pests in temperate, subtropical, and tropical zones
  • Features an international group of contributors, each of which is an expert in their fields of research related to insect pathology and microbial control


Insect pathologists, biological control and integrated pest management specialists and practitioners in agriculture and plant/crop protection, public health and urban entomologists, undergraduate and graduate students and their instructors in the above areas

Table of Contents

  • Microbial Control of Insect and Mite Pests: from theory to practice
    L. Lacey, Editor

    1. Entomopathogens used as  Microbial Control Agents - L. A. Lacey
    2. Exploration for Entomopathogens – L. F. Solter, A. E. Hajek, and L. A. Lacey

    Basic and Applied Research
    3. Basic and Applied Research: Baculovirus -  D. Grzywacs
    4. Basic and Applied Research: Entomopathogenic Bacteria –T. R. Glare, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes and M. O’Callaghan
    5. Basic and applied research on entomopathogenic fungi – D. Chandler
    6. Basic and Applied Research: Entomopathogenic Nematodes – D. Shapiro-Ilan, S. Hazir, and I. Glazer

    Mass Production, Formulation and Quality Control
    7. Production, formulation and bioassay of Baculoviruses for Pest Control – D. Grzywacs and S. Moore
    8. Entomopathogenic Bacteria: Mass Production, Formulation and Quality Control – T. Jackson
    9. Mass production of fungal entomopathogens  – S. T. Jaronski and G. M. Mascarin
    10. Production of Entomopathogenic Nematodes – A. Peters, R. Han and L. Leite

    Applied Research and Implementation of Microbial Control Agents for Pest Control
    11. Current and Potential Applications of Biopesticides to Manage Insect Pests of Maize – A. Gassmann and E. Clifton
    12. Microbial Control of Insect and Mite Pests of Cotton  – J. Leland and J. Gore
    13. Microbial Control of Soybean Pest Insects and Mites – D. Sosa-Gomes
    14. Microbial Control of Arthropod Pests in Small Fruits and Vegetables in Temperate Climate– S. K. Dara
    15. Microbial Control of Insect Pests of Tea and Coffee – M. Nakai and L. Lacey
    16. Microbial Control of Mite and Insect Pests of Greenhouse Crops– S. P.Wraight, R. B. Lopes, and M. de Faria,
    17. Microbial Control of Arthropod Pests of Orchards in Temperate Climates – D. I. Shapiro-Ilan, S. P. Arthurs, and L. A. Lacey
    18. Entomopathogens Routinely Used in Pest Control Strategies: Orchards in Tropical Climate – N. K. Maniania, S. Ekesi, and C. Dolinski
    19. Microbial Control of Insect and Mite Pests of Citrus – S. D. Moore and L. W. Duncan
    20. Microbial Control of Sugarcane Insect Pests – T. Goble, J. E. Marcondes de Alameida, and D. Conlong
    21. Use of entomopathogens against forest pests – A. E. Hajek and K. van Frankenhuyzen
    22. Microbial Control of Insect Pests of Turfgrass - A. Koppenhöfer and S. Wu
    23. LUBILOSA:  The Development of an Acridid-Specific Mycoinsecticide – C. Prior, D. Moore, C. Kooyman, R. Bateman, S. Jaronski, and N. Jenkins
    24. Microbial control of nursery ornamental and landscape plant pests– S. P. Arthurs and D. J. Bruck
    25. Microbial Control of Black Flies (Diptera: Simuliidae) with Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis – E. W. Gray and B. Fusco
    26. Mosquito Control with Entomopathogenic Bacteria in Europe – N. Becker and P. Lüthy
    27.  Microbial Control of Pest and Vector Mosquitoes in North America North of Mexico – T. Su
    28. Microbial Control of Medically Important Mosquitoes in Tropical Climates -  L. A. Lacey
    29. Structural insect pests – R. M. Pereira, D. H. Oi, M. V. Baggio, and P. G. Koehler
    Registration of Microbial Control Products: a comparative overview
    30. Registration of microbial control agents (a comparative overview) – R. Gwynn

Product details

  • No. of pages: 482
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2016
  • Published: September 3, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128035665
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128035276

About the Editor

Lawrence Lacey

Dr. Lacey earned his PhD in 1978 and has been internationally active working in medical entomology, insect pathology, and microbial control of economically and medically important insects. He conducted research on the biology and microbial control of dozens of insects in the US, Amazon Basin, West Africa in the Azores, throughout Europe, the Middle East and Western and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Northwest of the USA. In his 40 year career he has written or co-authored nearly 150 refereed papers in medical entomology, agricultural entomology, and insect pathology, and edited and co-edited seven books, including the Manual of Techniques in Invertebrate Pathology, second edition and Microbial Control of Insect and Mite Pests: From Theory to Practice.

Affiliations and Expertise

IP Consulting International, Yakima, WA, USA

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