The Economic Importance of Insects / Edition 1

The Economic Importance of Insects / Edition 1

by Dennis S. Hill
     
 

This book presents a fresh, broad look at insects and their relationships to humans and human activities. The entire field of applied entomology is covered and both insect and mite pests are presented in medical, veterinary, domestic, and agricultural contexts. The many benefits of insects to humans are also emphasized, especially their value as plant pollinators

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This book presents a fresh, broad look at insects and their relationships to humans and human activities. The entire field of applied entomology is covered and both insect and mite pests are presented in medical, veterinary, domestic, and agricultural contexts. The many benefits of insects to humans are also emphasized, especially their value as plant pollinators and as biocontrol agents which keep so many pest populations suppressed.
The book has been produced in conjunction with the Institute of Biology, London, UK and its coverage is international. Many of the author's personal observations are included, originating from his many years experience as an applied entomologist in South East Asia, East Africa and Britain. The book is also wonderfully illustrated with over 180 line drawings, many of which are from the author's personal collection. There are also over 100 photographs from all parts of the world.
The Economic Importance of Insects will prove an invaluable source of information for undergraduate and postgraduate students of applied entomology and acarology, pest control, agricultural science and medical and veterinary entomology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780412498008
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/31/1996
Edition description:
1997
Pages:
395
Product dimensions:
7.68(w) x 9.98(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2Beneficial insects7
2.1Pollination7
2.2Apiculture14
2.3Sericulture21
2.4Insect farming23
2.5Natural control of pests29
2.6Biological control of pests33
2.7Insects in natural food webs42
2.8Insects as human food45
2.9Miscellaneous47
3Pest definitions51
3.1Definitions51
3.2Development of pest status54
4Damage caused by Insecta and Acarina65
4.1Indirect damage65
4.2Direct damage68
4.3Host Vulnerability69
4.4Damage assessment73
5Harmful insects77
5.1Medical pests77
5.2Veterinary pests93
5.3Household and stored products pests106
5.4Agricultural pests142
5.5Forestry pests244
6Insect pest control333
6.1Legislation334
6.2Physical methods337
6.3Cultural control340
6.4Breeding/genetic methods344
6.5Biological control (biocontrol)346
6.6Chemical control349
6.7IPM355
6.8Pest eradication356
Glossary359
References and further reading379
Index385

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