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Migrant Pests: Problems, Potentialities and Progress

Series: A Royal Society Discussion Volume

Edited By: RC Rainey, KA Browning, RA Cheke and MJ Haggis

200 pages, Tabs, figs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Dec 1991 | #22566 | ISBN: 0854034145
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This meeting was planned by the late R.C.Rainey, FRS as a sequel to the 1977 Royal Society discussion of "Strategy and Tactics of Control of Migrant Pests", to review the problems of monitoring and control still posed by locusts, grasshoppers, moths and blackfly in the light of progress made since that time and the potentialities of new methods afforded by recent technological advances. Trials in which moth migration was monitored directly by airborn insect-detecting radar were reported and the potential application of the method to other insects considered. For indirect monitoring, there have been major advances in remote sensing for observing weather systems and for monitoring the seasonal and erratic rainfall upon which so many of these pests are dependent for survival. Perhaps the most encouraging success has been achieved in the World Health Organization's campaign against the blackfly vectors of Onchocerciasis, river blindness, now conducted far more widely than across the seven countries originally targeted. More dramatic, and more salutary, have been the upsurges in recent years of locusts and grasshoppers, particularly in Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa, to numbers rarely exceeded hitherto, and with trans-Atlantic migration by the Desert Locust on a scale never previously recorded. This meeting provided a forum for open exchange of current information and opinions on the problems, potentialities and progress in the battle against migrant pests.


Part 1 Biological factors: the Desert Locust - an international challenge, R.Skaf et al; a migrant pest in the Sahel - the Senegalese grasshopper, R.A.Cheke; progress and developments in forecasting outbreaks of the African armyworm - a migrant moth, P.O.Odiyo. Part 2 Physical elements: Algerian case study and the need for permanent Desert Locust monitoring, R.Kellou et al; an airborne radar system for Desert Locust control, R.C.Rainey and R.J.V.Joyce; detection of mesoscale synoptic features associated with dispersal of spruce budworm moths in eastern Canada, R.B.B.Dickison; recent airborne radar observations of migrant pests in the United States, W.W.Wolf et al; concentration of flying insects by the wind, D.E.Pedgley; nocturnal grasshopper migration in West Africa - transport and concentration by the wind, and the implications for air-to-air control, J.R.Riley and D.R.Reynolds; training - the missing link in pest control, Kit R.A.Kitenda; a meteostate motion picture of a weather situation relevant to locust reports, C.Zick; monitoring of rainfall in relation to the control of migrant pests, J.R.Milford and G.Dugdale; satellite environmental monitoring for migrant pest forecasting by FAO - the ARTEMIS system, J.U.Hielkema. Part 3 Progress in the international control of another major migrant pest - the blackfly vector of river-blindness: the WHO Onchocerciasis Control Programme - retrospect and prospects, R.Le Berre et al; progress in controlling the reinvasion of windborne vectors into the western area of the Onchocerciasis Control Programme in West Africa, R.H.A.Baker et al.

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