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Pests, Diseases and Beneficials: Friends and Foes of Australian Gardens

  • Clear text and image identification
  • How to recognise and treat problems
  • Includes examples of various groups of organisms, including their biology

By: F David Hockings(Author)

272 pages, colour photos


Paperback | Mar 2014 | #210385 | ISBN-13: 9781486300211
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About this book

Pests, Diseases and Beneficials helps the average gardener to identify and deal with those common insects and small animals (such as bugs, beetles, caterpillars, thrips and mites) that are found in every Australian garden.

It offers clear descriptions and full colour images to aid in identifying insects or other organisms, and provides useful advice on how to recognise and treat problems. Pests, Diseases and Beneficials also covers feeding habits, life cycles and insect biology.

This fully updated edition has been expanded to include general garden situations as well as Australian native plants, and provides further information on plant diseases, harmless and beneficial fungi, bacteria and viruses, physiological disorders and problems caused by horticultural mismanagement.



- Friend or Foe
- Classification - the Importance of Small Animals
- Plant Damage - by Mouthparts, Egg laying, Bites and Stings
- Plant Diseases and Useful, Harmless and Beneficial Organisms
- Dealing with Pests and Diseases

- Pests Associated with Flowers, Fruit, Seeds, Leaves and Shoots
- Less Harmful, Harmless and Beneficial Small Animals
- Pests Associated with Twigs and Small Branches
- Pests and Beneficial Animals Associated with Trunks and Main Branches
- Pests Affecting Collars and Roots
- Small Animals Associated with Soil, Compost and Shelter
- Free Ranging Small Animals
- Diseases affecting Garden Plants
- Harmless and Beneficial Other Organisms and Specialised Roots and Bark
- Parasitic Plants
- Physiological Disorders
- Horticultural Problems

Appendix I: Control Chart
Appendix II: Glossary

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F. David Hockings AM has been professionally involved in plant and general horticultural problem solving for more than 50 years. He has written books on related subjects, a newspaper column for several years and delivered numerous papers across Australia and overseas. He has lectured up to tertiary levels, conducted Adult Education and presented radio and TV programs. In 1998 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his work in horticulture.

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