An Introduction to Arthropod Pest Control

An Introduction to Arthropod Pest Control

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J. R. M. Thacker
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 10/17/2002
EAN 9780521561068, ISBN10: 052156106X

Hardcover, 380 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

Arthropod pests are responsible for huge annual losses in global crop production and for transmitting a number of infectious diseases. The control of such pests is therefore of the utmost importance. An Introduction to Arthropod Pest Control provides a detailed overview of approaches to pest control including chemical pest control, the use of biological and biorational control agents, as well as the latest developments in biotechnology. The book specifically emphasises the techniques available for controlling pests using examples of crop pests, animal pests, and pests that transmit disease, from a wide range of countries. The book is intended as a standard introductory text for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of pest control, entomology, crop protection, and agricultural and environmental sciences. It is also aimed at professional pest control practitioners and government employees working in extension services.

1. A brief history of arthropod pest control
2. Botanical insecticides
3. Modern synthetic insecticides
4. Formulation, application and the direct and indirect side-effects of insecticides
5. Biological control agents
6. Microbial pest control
7. Pheromones and pest control
8. Insect growth regulators
9. Genetic manipulation of pest species
10. Host-plant resistance
11. Cultural techniques and organic farming
12. Integrated pest management (IPM)
13. Biotechnology and pest control

'This book provides an up-to-date and well-balanced overview of current approaches to pest control. Each chapter ends with a short statement summarising the major achievements and disadvantages of each technique. ... this is a useful source of reference to current approaches to pest control.' Experimental Agriculture