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Agricultural Acarology: Introduction to Integrated Mite Management

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Written by a globally prominent entomologist, Agricultural Acarology: Introduction to Integrated Mite Management provides tools for developing integrated mite management programs for agriculture, including management of plant-feeding mites, mites attacking bees and livestock, and stored products. Emphasizing the biology, ecology, behavior, and diverse methods of controlling mites, this book provides an overview of the management of agriculturally important mites using all available Integrated Pest Management ...

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Overview

Written by a globally prominent entomologist, Agricultural Acarology: Introduction to Integrated Mite Management provides tools for developing integrated mite management programs for agriculture, including management of plant-feeding mites, mites attacking bees and livestock, and stored products. Emphasizing the biology, ecology, behavior, and diverse methods of controlling mites, this book provides an overview of the management of agriculturally important mites using all available Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tools, including biological control, cultural practices, host-plant resistance, and pesticides.

Agricultural Acarology prepares agricultural managers to identify, manage, and contribute to the field of integrated mite management. An accompanying CD-ROM contains numerous color photographs of mites and the damage they cause, and PDFs of key publications.

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Although mites and ticks are significant as plant and animal pests, vectors of human diseases, and biological control agents, most economic entomologists and pest managers have rather superficial knowledge of their basic structure, function and identification, and their similarities to and differences from the insects. Hoy’s book represents a major contribution to acarology and Integrated Pest Management by one of the preeminent contemporary authorities in both areas.

"Hoy’s Agricultural Acarology: Introduction to Integrated Mite Management is a welcome addition to these classic works, updating many aspects of the earlier texts, particularly as they relate to management, while establishing the comprehensive background necessary to develop and implement an IMM approach. This book would be an excellent basis for a course in agricultural acarology, or a supplementary reference for a course in arthropod pest management."
—Frank G. Zalom, Journal of Economic Entomology, 105(1):295-296., 2012.

"As fewer courses in acarology are being taught in universities and fewer taxonomists are available to assist in mite identification, Hoy (University of Florida-Gainesville) provides pest-control workers and students with tools to manage mite pests in agriculture. Her emphasis is integrated pest management rather than a chemical-based approach, and pays a lot of attention to knowing the biology, ecology, and behavior of pest and beneficial mites well enough to implement biological controls in most or all situations. After introducing macrology and integrated mite management, she looks at pest mites and their natural enemies on plants, exemplars of integrated management programs for plant-feeding mites, soil mites, pest mites of honey bees, parasitic mites of mammals and birds, and pest mites of stored products and households."
—Book News, Inc., Portland, Oregon, 2011

From the Publisher

Although mites and ticks are significant as plant and animal pests, vectors of human diseases, and biological control agents, most economic entomologists and pest managers have rather superficial knowledge of their basic structure, function and identification, and their similarities to and differences from the insects. Hoy’s book represents a major contribution to acarology and Integrated Pest Management by one of the preeminent contemporary authorities in both areas.

"Hoy’s Agricultural Acarology: Introduction to Integrated Mite Management is a welcome addition to these classic works, updating many aspects of the earlier texts, particularly as they relate to management, while establishing the comprehensive background necessary to develop and implement an IMM approach. This book would be an excellent basis for a course in agricultural acarology, or a supplementary reference for a course in arthropod pest management."
—Frank G. Zalom, Journal of Economic Entomology, 105(1):295-296., 2012.

"As fewer courses in acarology are being taught in universities and fewer taxonomists are available to assist in mite identification, Hoy (University of Florida-Gainesville) provides pest-control workers and students with tools to manage mite pests in agriculture. Her emphasis is integrated pest management rather than a chemical-based approach, and pays a lot of attention to knowing the biology, ecology, and behavior of pest and beneficial mites well enough to implement biological controls in most or all situations. After introducing macrology and integrated mite management, she looks at pest mites and their natural enemies on plants, exemplars of integrated management programs for plant-feeding mites, soil mites, pest mites of honey bees, parasitic mites of mammals and birds, and pest mites of stored products and households."
—Book News, Inc., Portland, Oregon, 2011

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Meet the Author

Marjorie A. Hoy, Ph.D., received her B.A. degree in zoology and entomology at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in entomology at the University of California at Berkeley, where she specialized in acarology, biological control, insect ecology, genetics, and evolution. In 1992, she took a position as Eminent Scholar of Biological Control at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where she has conducted classical biological control of citrus pests and of red palm mite. She has published over 350 scientific papers and book chapters and written two editions of Insect Molecular Genetics. Currently, she teaches a course in agricultural acarology to students in entomology and the Doctor of Plant Medicine program at the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Acarology
General Introduction to Acarology
Selected References Selected Websites Relevant to Acarology
The Relationship of Mites to Other Arthropods
Characteristics of the Arthropoda Higher Classification of Mites Selected References
Basic Structure and Function of Mites
Morphology Feeding and Food Types Excretion Water Balance Muscle System Respiration The Nervous and Sensory Systems The Circulatory System Lifecycles Diapause Dispersal Reproduction Genetics and Sex Determination Selected References
Collection, Identification and Culturing of Mites
Collection Goals Collecting Plant-Feeding or Predatory Mites Monitoring Vertebrates for Parasitic Mites and Ticks Identification of Mites Culturing Mites Additional Acarological Information Selected References

Integrated Mite Management Strategy and Tactics The Strategy of Integrated Mite Management
Historical Overview Classical, Augmentative, and Conservation Biological Control Quarantines Cultural Controls Genetic Control Chemical Control Pesticide Resistance Host-Plant Resistance Sampling and Monitoring Methods Crop Pest Control Consultants and Integrated Pest Management Selected References

Pest Mites and Their Natural Enemies on Plants
Tetranychidae: Premier Plant Pests
Systematics.
Biology Role of Silk Dispersal Population Dynamics Tetranychid Anatomy Selected Species of Plant Pests by Genus Tetranychidae and Plant Diseases Tetranychidae as Weed Control Agents Host-Plant Resistance to Tetranychidae Resistance to Host-Plant Resistance Pesticide Resistance in Tetranychids Selected References
The Tarsonemidae
Biology of the Plant-Feeding Tarsonemidae
Steneotarsonemus (or Phytonemus) pallidus
Polyphagotarsonemus (or Hemitarsonemus) latus
Control Other Pest Species of Tarsonemids Selected References
The Eriophyoidea: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown
Basic Biology Vectors of Disease: Definitely Undesirable Selected Eriophyoid Pests Collecting and Sampling Eriophyoids Eriophyoids as Alternative Prey: Potentially Good.
Invasive Eriophyoid Species: Clearly Bad Biological Control of Weeds by Eriophyoid Mites: Potentially Good Identification of Eriophyoids Control of Eriophyoids Selected References
The Tenuipalpidae (Flat or False Spider Mites) as Pests
Biology Some Tenuipalpid Pests Around the World.
Transmission of Plant Diseases Control of Tenuipalpids Selected References
The Penthaleidae
Systematics and Distribution Red-Legged Earth Mite (RLEM)
Blue Oat Mite (Penthaleus species)
Selected References
Friends or Foes?
The Anystidae: Friends of Limited Value.
The Hypoaspidae: Friends, Especially for Augmentative Releases.
The Tuckerellidae: Potential Pests Rarely Found Except in Tropical and Subtropical Climates The Tydeidae: Mostly Friends as Predators, Alternative Prey, and Sanitizing Agents The Acaridae: Usually Foes but Occasionally Beneficial?
The Hemisarcoptidae: Friends Requiring More Study The Stigmaeidae: Friends, Especially in Unsprayed Orchards and Vineyards.
The Oribatida (Cryptostigmata): Usually Beneficial in the Soil but May Cause Crop Root Damage and Contaminate Foods Selected References
The Phytoseiidae: Effective Natural Enemies
General Biology Phytoseiid Systematics Phytoseiids in Augmentative Biological Control Programs Life-Table Analyses of Phytoseiids Prey-Location Behavior Dispersal Plant-Emitted Volatiles and Biological Control.
Pesticide Resistances in Phytoseiids Genetic Improvement of Phytoseiids Rearing Methods for Spider Mites and Phytoseiids Selected References
Predatory Insects and Plant-Feeding Mites
Insects as Predators of Plant-Feeding Mites: Pros and Cons Family Coccinellidae (Order Coleoptera): Stethorus Are Mite Specialists Family Staphylinidae (Order Coleoptera): Oligota Species May Be Useful Predators of Spider Mites Order Thysanoptera (Phlaeothripidae, Asolothripidae, Thripidae): Thrips May Be Generalists or Specialists (Six-Spotted Thrips)
Heteroptera (Hemiptera: True Bugs): Generalist Predators of Small Arthropods, Including Mites.
Cecidomyiidae (Order Diptera): Feltiella Species Can Be Effective Predators of Spider Mites Order Neuroptera (Chrysopidae, Coniopterigidae, Hemerobiidae): Generalist Predators That May Sometimes Feed on Mites Ants as Predators of T. urticae
Spiders as Predators of Mites and Ticks: Less Well Studied Selected References
Pathogens and Symbionts of Mites and Ticks
Microbial Symbionts and Pathogens Viruses of Mites and Ticks Fungal Pathogens Microsporidial Pathogens.
Commercialization of Microbial Pesticides.
Selected References

Exemplars of Integrated Mite Management Programs for Plant-Feeding Mites
Classical Biological Control of the Cassava Green Mite in Africa
Steps in a Classical Biological Control Program Cassava Green Mite (Mononychellus tanajoa) in Africa.
Control Measures Attempted Risk Evaluation for Classical Biological Control Taxonomic Problems Why Not Use African Phytoseiids as Natural Enemies?
Program Costs and Benefits Selected References
Integrated Mite Management in Washington Apple Orchards
The Apple Ecosystem.
Mites on Apples IMM from the 1960s to the Early 1990s Problems with IMM in the 1990s Current and Future Changes to IMM in Washington Apple Orchards.
Selected References
Integrated Mite Management in California Almonds
Almonds in California Pest Mites in California Almond Orchards.
Research on Control Tactics Combined Tactics of the IMM Program Updated Almond Pest Management Program Selected References
Integrated Mite Management in Citrus in Florida and California
Citrus Production in Florida and California Diversity in California Climates and Mite Species.
Managing Mites in Florida Citrus Groves Research Needs Selected References
Managing Mites on Ornamental Plants
Types of Ornamental Plants.
Tactics for Managing Pests of Ornamentals Mites on Ornamental Plants Predatory Mite Release Methods in Greenhouses The Future of Pest Management in Greenhouse Ornamentals Selected References

Soil Mites and Agriculture

Pest Mites of Honey Bees
Varroa jacobsoni
Biology and Taxonomy Monitoring for Varroa
Control of Varroa
Integrated Varroa Management.
Selected References
Tracheal Mite (Acarapis woodi)
Biology Integrated Control of Acarapis woodi
Selected References

Parasitic Mites of Mammals and Birds
Ticks (Argasidae and Ixodidae)
Ticks as Pests Biology of the Ixodidae Genera of the Ixodidae Biology of the Argasidae Pest Management of Ticks Selected References

Pest Mites of Farm and Companion Animals
Poultry Red Mite or Roost Mite, Dermanyssus gallinae (Dermanyssidae)
European or Northern Fowl Mite, Ornithonyssus sylviarum (Macronyssidae).
Tropical Fowl Mite, Ornithonyssus bursa (Macronyssidae)
Chiggers (Actinedida: Trombiculidae)
Follicle Mites, Demodex (Actinedida: Demodicidae).
Straw- or Hay-Itch Mites, Pyemotes (Actinedida: Pyemotidae)
Fur Mites, Cheyletiella (Actinedida: Cheyletiellidae)
Acaridid Mites as Parasites or Scavengers Endoparasites of Livestock Selected References

Pest Mites of Stored Products and Households
Post-Harvest Pest Mites

Acarine Pests of Stored Foods Control of Mites in Stored Grains and Other Foods Stored Bulb Mites and Their Control Selected References
Dust Mites (Pyroglyphidae)
The Importance of Dust Mites Species of Dust Mites.
Biology of Dust Mites Integrated Management of Dust Mites and Their Allergens Selected References

Some General Conclusions About Integrated Mite Management
Glossary Index

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