"Provides a detailed summary of pest management principles and techniques, outlining a broad selection of critical issues regarding current practice and future technology in this area. Discusses the role of soils, weather, and surrounding habitats in regulating pest occurrence and severity."
Table of Contents
Agricultural systems as ecosystems; soil effects on pest populations; weather influences on pest movement; landscape structure and extra-field processes - impact on management of pasts and beneficials; direct and indirect effects of plants on performance of beneficial organisms; mechanisms of plant resistance against anthropod pests; plant resistance to pathogens; approaches to plant breeding and genetic engineering; acquisition and maintenance of resistant germplasm; general overview of plant pathogenic organisms; cultural approaches to managing plant pathogens; biological control of plant pathogens; chemical approaches to managing plant pathogens; anthropods as pests of plants - an overview; cultural approaches to managing anthropod pests; biological control of anthropod pests; chemical approaches to managing anthropod pests; genetic approaches to managing anthropod pests; behaviour-modifying chemicals in management of anthropod pests; general overview of weeds in crop systems; cultural approaches to weed management; biological approaches to weed management; chemical approaches to weed management; overview and management of vertebrate pests; impact of tillage systems on pest management; effects of agrichemicals on nontarget populations; reducing agricultural pesticide losses to surface and groundwater resources; decision thresholds in pest management; economics of pest management; professional training and technology transfer.
"From the Foreword. . . The Handbook of Pest Management is an excellent compendium of chapters related to the management of crop pests, including current information on all classes of crop pests, e.g., invertebrates, pathogens, and vertebrates. The various chapters broadly cover the field of crop protection and serve as an important reference to anyone interested in the management of pests. The Handbook will be a valuable addition to the library of any pest management specialist. "
---Perry L. Adkisson, Distinguished Professor of EntomologyTexas A&M University, College Station, Texas
"Many of the contributors to this book are very prominent authorities in the areas of plant pathology and entomology.. . .a versatile and valuable resource.- E-Streams The book is well presented and edited...well illustrated and richly referenced....contains a wealth of information."
---Journal of Plant Physiology