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About the Book
This book is the most up-to-date resource available on concepts, principles, and major elements of general entomology, adequately supported by numerous examples to facilitate learning by students. It offers a unique perspective by relating general entomology to techniques and principles of modern pest management. With the basic information presented in the beginning chapters, the student is progressively introduced, chapter by chapter, to the individual tactics used in pest management programs. Solutions to pest problems are presented with regard to environmental quality, profitability, and durability. The text also emphasizes that applying the tactics discussed does not always result in sustainable pest management and recommends ways of avoiding such problems.
The book concludes by presenting examples of successful insect pest management programs in the context of diverse commodities.
Table of contents
Preface. Introduction. Insect Structures and Life Processes. Insect Classification. The Insect Life Cycle. Insect Ecology. Surveillance and Sampling. Economic Decision Levels for Pest Populations. Pest Management Theory. Management with Natural Enemies and Other Biological Agents. Ecological Management of the Crop Environment. Conventional Insecticides for Management. Managing Insects with Resistant Plants. Management by Modifying Insect Development and Behavior. Sterile-Insect Technique and Other Pest Genetic Tactics. The Practice of Insect Pest Management. Managing Ecological Backlash. Insect Pest Management Case Histories. APPENDICES: Key to the Orders of Insecta. List of Some Insects and Related Species Alphabetized by Common Name. List of Some Insecticides by Common and Registered Trade Name. World Wide Web Sites of Entomological Resources. Glossary. Index.
Information on the current developments of low risk tactics such as microbial pesticides, insect growth regulators, and pheromones is included in two chapters (9 and 13).
60 insect diagnostic boxes interspersed throughout contain detailed information on distribution, importance, appearance, and life cycle of a species or species group.
Recent advances in biotechnology, including updates on the status of transgenic plants developed for pest management and coverage of benefits and risks of cropping these plants are included in a separate chapter (12).
Web sites to access updates on the topic of a chapter are listed chapter-wise; additionally Appendix 4 presents a comprehensive compilation of Web sites on entomology resources, providing readers with access to latest facts, figures, and developments