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Insect Pest Management and Ecological Research - G. H. Walter

Insect Pest Management and Ecological Research

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Insect Pest Management and Ecological Research explores the ecological research required for development of strategies to manage pest insects, with particular emphasis on the scientific principles involved in the design and conduct of pest-related research. Although the connection between Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and ecology has been long appreciated, their specific relationship to one another has remained vague until now. Here, Gimme Walter develops the first general model of the entomological research requirements of IPM. He shows how to navigate through the diversity of options presented by current ecological theory, emphasising pest situations. Besides theory and principle, the book includes practical advice on understanding and investigating species, examines the ecological problems associated with polyphagous pests and beneficial species, and scrutinises ways suggested to improve insect biological control. As such, it will be an important resource for graduate students and researchers, in IPM, insect pest management, entomology, ecology and crop protection.

'... any IPM practitioner who reads this book will come away with a greater understanding of the need for a sound ecological approach to their pest problems ... this is a must read book ...' Journal of Insect Conservation '... an excellent resource ...' African Entomology 'I find many worthy points that do need to be addressed by pest management practitioners and ecologists.' Journal of Agricultural Science

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
Place and Nature of Insect Ecology Research for IPM
Pest management as an applied science: the place of fact, theory and application
Historical trends in pest management: paradigms and lessons
IPM: a diverse, interrelated suite of socioeconomic and scientific problem-solving activities
An ecological underpinning for IPM
Specific Directions in Insect Ecology Research of IPM
Understanding species: good taxonomy, sexual species and pest management
Polyphagous pests, parasitoids and predators - trophic relations, ecology and management implications
Pre-release evaluation and selection of natural enemies: population and community criteria
Autecological research on pests and natural enemies
Synthesis: Ecological Research for IPM Today
Synopsis, practical implications and modern society
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521800624
ISBN-10: 0521800625
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 14th April 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.76