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Insect Viruses and Pest Management

Handbook / Manual

By: Frances R Hunter-Fujita, Hugh F Evans, Philip F Entwistle and Norman E Crook

620 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, tabs

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Apr 1998 | #73978 | ISBN: 0471968781
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NHBS Price: £285.00 $349/€320 approx

About this book

This title provides a practical manual to researchers in both industry and academia who are searching for, or already using insect viruses as biological controls. It introduces readers to the arguments for using such controls versus the usage of traditional chemical pesticides, how to produce (both in vitro and in vivo) such viruses, including safety considerations.


BASIC PRINCIPLES. Rationale for the Use of Microbial Pesticides. Characteristics of Insect Pathogenic Viruses. Assessment of Biological Activity. The Ecology of Baculoviruses in Insect Hosts. Control Strategies. Virus Production. Formulation. Spray Application of Baculoviruses. Conduct and Recording of Field Control Trials. Future Developments. WORLD SURVEY. A World Survey of Virus Control of Insect Pests. Western Europe. Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Indian Subcontinent. South-east Asia and the Western Pacific. People's Republic of China. Japan. Africa, the Near and Middle East. Australasia. North America. Central America and the Caribbean. South America. PRACTICAL TECHNIQUES. General Laboratory Practice. Working with the Host. Working with the Virus. Enumeration of Virus. Cell Culture. Mass Production, Product Formulation and Quality Control. Spray Application. Registration Requirements. ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS INFLUENCING VIRAL SURVIVAL. Solar Radiation, with Emphasis on the Ultraviolet. Plant Surfaces. Glossary. Further Reading. Index.

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