336 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Contemporary Insect Diagnostics aids entomologists as they negotiate the expectations and potential dangers of the practice. It provides the reader with methods for networking with regulatory agencies, expert laboratories, first detectors, survey specialists, legal and health professionals, landscape managers, crop scouts, farmers and the lay public. This enables the practitioner and advanced student to understand and work within this network, critically important in a time when each submission takes on its own specific set of expectations and potential ramifications. Insect diagnosticians must be knowledgeable on pests that affect human health, stored foods, agriculture, structures, as well as human comfort and the enjoyment of life. The identification and protection of the environment and the non-target animals (especially beneficial insects) in that environment is also considered a part of insect diagnostics.
Additionally, Integrated Pest Management recommendations must include any of a variety of management tactics if they are to be effective and sustainable. This greatly needed foundational information covers the current principles of applied insect diagnostics. It serves as a quick study for those who are called upon to provide diagnostics, as well as a helpful reference for those already in the trenches.
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Equipping a Diagnostic Laboratory
Chapter 3 - Submitting Samples to a Diagnostic laboratory
Chapter 4 - Insect identification techniques
Chapter 5 - Pest Insects
Chapter 6 - Understanding the Client
Chapter 7 - Responding, Educating and Record keeping
Chapter 8 - Making management recommendations using IPM
Chapter 9 - Networking
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