Beneficial Insects
 
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ISBN13:9781032338415
ISBN10:1032338415
Kötéstípus:Puhakötés
Terjedelem:400 oldal
Méret:254x178 mm
Súly:980 g
Nyelv:angol
Illusztrációk: 385 Illustrations, color
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Beneficial Insects

 
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 This book highlights information on many groups of insects and mites that act as natural enemies or biological control agents of phytophagous insects and mites, including plant pests. It focuses mainly on insects and mites as natural enemies of plant pests.

 

 

Hosszú leírás:

Highly Recommended in CHOICE, Jan 2020, Vol 57, 5

 

Insects are key components of life on our planet, and their presence is essential for maintaining balanced terrestrial ecosystems. Without insects humans would struggle to survive, and on a world scale food production would be severely compromised. Many plants and animals depend directly or indirectly on insects for their very survival, and this is particularly so in the case of insectivorous birds and other such creatures. The beneficial role of insects is often overlooked or misunderstood, and in farming circles their very presence on crops is often seen to be unwelcome. In reality, however, many insects are genuinely beneficial, as in the case of parasitic and predacious species. The use of chemical pesticides to control crop pests is becoming more tightly regulated and environmentally undesirable, and low-input farming, in which natural enemies of pests are encouraged to survive or increase, is becoming far more prevalent. Accordingly, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Integrated Crop Management (ICM) strategies are increasingly being developed, advocated and adopted.

Features:

  • Highlights information on many groups of insects and mites that act as natural enemies or biological control agents of phytophagous insects and mites, including plant pests.
  • Profusely illustrated with high-quality colour photographs.
  • Focuses mainly on insects and mites as natural enemies of plant pests, including parasitic and predacious species that have been accidentally or deliberately introduced in classical biological control programmes.
  • Reviews the role of phytophagous European insects and mites in controlling or managing European plants that have become invasive weeds in other parts of the world, notably North America, Australia and New Zealand.


The anthropocentric perspective adopted here by renowned British entomologist Alford provides an excellent lens to reveal the complex relationships where insect life intersects positively with human valued resources (HVR).  This superlative, well-illustrated overview is excellently indexed, and is a valuable reference to facilitate further studies.


--M. K. Harris, emeritus, Texas A&M University, CHOICE review


 

Tartalomjegyzék:

PART 1 INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Beneficial insects ? an overview

PART 2 INSECTS AS NATURAL ENEMIES OF PLANT PESTS

Chapter 3 True bugs

Chapter 4 Lacewings and allied insects

Chapter 5 Beetles

Chapter 6 True flies

Chapter 7 Wasps and allied insects

Chapter 8 Miscellaneous predators

PART 3 INSECTS AS NATURAL ENEMIES OF WEEDS

Chapter 9 Beneficial phytophagous insects and mites

Appendix I List of parasitic and predacious insects and mites etc. cited in Part 2

Appendix II List of insects and mites cited in Part 2 as prey of parasites, parasitoids or predators

Appendix III List of phytophagous insects and mites associated with weeds

Appendix IV List of plants mentioned in the text

References

Botanical index

General index

Zoological index