The Indian neem tree, Azadirachta indica, is the source of a powerful and environmentally friendly bio-pesticide. Neem has been shown to be effective against a broad spectrum of pests. This book gives an overview of the current applications for neem, discusses the position of this product in the global market and the opportunities to promote it as an environmentally-friendly pesticide. In this volume, renowned experts present a global overview of neem applications, efficacy and risk assessment. Topics include the history of the use of neem-based insecticides in North America and Europe, including grower's response and local differences in legislation. In this context, the current position of neem amongst other natural pesticides is discussed. The comprehensive overview given in this book of risks associated with neem-based products is a welcome addition to the current literature, especially given the importance of environmental risk assessment of pesticides. On a more detailed level, reviews are offered on the impact of neem on fungal pathogens, its role in tritrophic interactions and state of the art information about mode of action.
This book will be useful to toxicologists, entomologists, phytochemists and agronomists interested in bio-pesticides. Many chapters will also appeal to physiologists dealing with pest-plant interactions, chemical ecology, insect behaviour and integrated pest management.
From the reviews:
"This book successfully introduces and elaborates many complex topics in simple language and would enable even an undergraduate acquire adequate information for an assignment. A researcher would also find this book a useful starting point for an investigation into diverse dimensions of this tree. Doctoral research students working on biopesticides will find this book appropriate in their studies. ... Overall, Koul and Wahab have produced an insightful and inspiring book that gives a comprehensive overview of this amazing tree." (Aaron T. Simmons, International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Vol. 31 (1), 2005)