748 pages, illus
Over the past three decades there has been a dramatic increase in theoretical and practical studies on insect natural enemies. The appeal of insect predators, and parasitoids in particular, as research animals derives from the relative ease with which many species may be cultured and experimented with in the laboratory, the simple life cycles of most parasitoids, and the increasing demand for biological pest control.
There is now a massive literature on insect natural enemies, so there is a great need for a general text that the enquiring student or research worker can use in deciding on approaches and techniques that are appropriate to the study and evaluation of such insects. This book fulfils that demand. A considerably updated and expanded version of a previous best-seller, it is an account of major aspects of the biology of predators and parasitoids, punctuated with information and advice on which experiments or observations to conduct, and how to carry them out. Guidance is provided, where necessary, on the literature that may need to be consulted on particular topics.
From the reviews: "This hefty tome is intended to guide students and researchers in techniques and approaches to the study of predators and parasitoids. ! Jervis has done a good job at integrating material from both predators and parasitoids ! . the book will become a lab manual/reference work to be dipped into when the occasion demands. ! The primary readership will be those working on biological control. A second broad readership will be those working on behaviour and ecology of natural enemies for their own sake." (P. Mayhew, Agricultural Science, Vol. 144, 2006)
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