Pedigo and Rice expertly combine basic and applied entomology in this reader-friendly, pedagogically rich text. Assuming only a background in elementary biology, the authors present the major elements of general entomology before moving on to concepts in insect biology and ecology necessary for understanding insect pest management. Both theory and practice are emphasized as readers explore pertinent topics. The authors discuss pest-management issues both preventive and curative as aspects of applied ecology, with solutions considering environmental quality, profitability, and durability. Insect diagnostic boxes with detailed information on distribution, importance, appearance, and life cycles of particular species and groups appear throughout the text. Readers will come away with a comprehensive introduction to applied, sustainable pest management appropriate for whatever commodities they must handle.
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction 2. Insect Structures and Life Processes 3. Insect Classification 4. The Insect Life Cycle 5. Insect Ecology 6. Surveillance and Sampling 7. Economic Decision Levels for Pest Populations 8. Pest Management Theory 9. Management with Natural Enemies 10. Ecological Management of the Crop Environment 11. Conventional Insecticides for Management 12. Biopesticides for Management 13. Managing Insects with Resistant Plants 14. Management by Modifying Insect Development and Behavior 15. Sterile-Insect Technique and Other Pest Genetic Tactics 16. The Practice of Insect Pest Management 17. Managing Ecological Backlash 18. Insect Pest Management Case Histories
Appendixes: Key to the Orders of Hexapoda / List of Some Insects and Related Species Alphabetized by Common Name / World Wide Web Sites of Entomological Resources
Title of related interest also from Waveland Press: Bland-Jaques, How to Know the Insects, Third Edition (ISBN 9781577666844).
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