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Insect Pest Management and Ecological Research

Insect Pest Management and Ecological Research

by G. H. Walter


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Insect Pest Management and Ecological Research

This study shows how to navigate the diversity of options presented in current ecological theory by developing the first general model of the entomological research requirements of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The book includes practical advice on understanding and investigating species; examines the ecological problems associated with polyphagous pests and beneficial species; and scrutinizes ways suggested to improve insect biological control. It is an important resource for graduate students and researchers in IPM, insect pest management, entomology, ecology and crop protection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521018661
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/22/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Gimme Walter is Reader in Entomology in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Queensland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. Place and Nature of Insect Ecology Research for IPM: 2. Pest management as an applied science: the place of fact, theory and application; 3. Historical trends in pest management: paradigms and lessons; 4. IPM: a diverse, interrelated suite of socioeconomic and scientific problem-solving activities; 5. An ecological underpinning for IPM; Part II. Specific Directions in Insect Ecology Research of IPM: 6. Understanding species: good taxonomy, sexual species and pest management; 7. Polyphagous pests, parasitoids and predators - trophic relations, ecology and management implications; 8. Pre-release evaluation and selection of natural enemies: population and community criteria; 9. Autecological research on pests and natural enemies; Part III. Synthesis: Ecological Research for IPM Today: 10. Synopsis, practical implications and modern society; Bibliography.

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