Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management

Antônio Ricardo Panizzi, José R. P. Parra

March 8, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 750 Pages - 224 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439837085 - CAT# K11678


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    • Combines basic aspects on bioecology and insect nutrition for the implementation of Integrated Pest Management
    • Covers specific feeding guilds including a wide variety of insects such as ants, social bees, defoliators (Lepidoptera), detritivores, pests of stored grains, fruit flies, parasitoids, predatory bugs (Heteroptera), predatory beetles (Coccinelidae), and hematophagous insects, among others
    • Serves as a valuable entry point for further research as the book includes nearly 4,000 references
    • Exposes readers, for the first time, to less-known information of entomological, ecological, and pest management importance generated in the neotropics, arguably the most complex and diverse of the world’s biogeographic zones
    • Accompanying CD-ROM contains full-color images to complement the text


    The field of insect nutritional ecology has been defined by how insects deal with nutritional and non-nutritional compounds, and how these compounds influence their biology in evolutionary time. In contrast, Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management presents these entomological concepts within the framework of integrated pest management (IPM). It specifically addresses bioecology and insect nutrition in modern agriculture. Written for graduate students and professionals in entomology, this book covers neotropical information in three sections:

    • General Aspects: Basic bioecology and insect nutrition; artificial diets; insect/plant interactions; insect symbionts; the interface of chemical ecology with the food; and insect cannibalism
    • Specific Aspects: Specific feeding guilds of insects including ants, social bees, leaf chewers, seed suckers, seed chewers, root feeders, gall makers, detritivorous feeders, pests of storage grains, fruit flies, aphids, endo- and ectoparasitoids, predators, crisopids, and hematophagous insects
    • Applied Aspects: Host plant resistance and the design of IPM programs in the context of insect bioecology and nutrition

    Much of the research on which these chapters were written was done in Brazil and based on its neotropical fauna. The complexity and diversity of the neotropics provides enough data that readers from all zoogeographical regions can readily translate the information in this book to their specific conditions. The book’s value as an entry point for further research is enhanced by the inclusion of approximately 4,000 references.

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