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Biological Control

Textbook

By: R Van Driesche and TS Bellows

448 pages, B/w figs, tabs

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1996 | #32636 | ISBN: 0412028611
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NHBS Price: £237.50 $299/€279 approx

About this book

Text designed to train students in the principles of biological control. Examples are drawn from the biological control of a wide range of pests including invertebrates, weeds, vertebrates and plant diseases.

'...this two authored book attempts to cover the full range of biological control topics for beginners and does so in a unified manner... useful tables and graphs throughout.' Florida Entomologist


Contents

Introduction to the concept of biological control and its principal forms; History of biological control; Types of biological control agents; Methods for the evaluation of biological control programs; Mode #1 of applied biological control: conservation; Mode #2 of applied biological control: augmentation; Mode #3 of applied biological control: importation of natural enemies; Mode #4 of applied biological control: use of formulated preparations of pathogenic or antogonistic organisms as pesticides; Pesticide interactions with natural enemies; Safety of applied biological control programs; Biological control of weeds; Biological control of plant pathogens; Use of insights from population regulation theory in biological control programs; Use of insights from insect foraging theory in biological control programs; The role of research in applied biological control; The role of extension is applied biological control; Applied biological control and integrated pest management; Government's role in promoting applied biological control; Resources for implementation of programs of applied biological control; Steps in planning of applied biological control programs; Obstacles to development of programs of applied biological control; Applied biological control and international agricultural development; Applied biological control crop by crop; Future prospects and challenges.

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