Insect parasitoids are a fascinating group of animals in many respects. Perhaps the most fascinating point is that these insects, in the course of the evolutionary time, have developed an impressive way to use chemical compounds to dialogue with the different protagonists of their environment (i.e., conspecifics, their hosts and the plants on which their hosts are living). Unravelling the evolutionary meaning of such chemical communication networks can give new insights into the ecology of these insects and especially on how to improve their use for the control of noxious pests in biological control programmes.
Chemical Ecology of Insect Parasitoids is a timely publication, with organised chapters to present the most important knowledge and discoveries that have taken place over the last decade, and their potential use in pest control strategy. Specific relevant case studies are presented to enhance the reader's experience.
Suited to graduate students and professional researchers and practitioners in pest management, entomology, evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, and chemical ecology, Chemical Ecology of Insect Parasitoids is essential for anyone needing information on this important group of insects.
1 Chemical ecology of insect parasitoids: towards a new era 1
2 Plant defences and parasitoid chemical ecology 11
3 Foraging strategies of parasitoids in complex chemical environments 37
4 Chemical ecology of insect parasitoids in a multitrophic above- and below-ground context 64
5 A hitch-hiker’s guide to parasitism: the chemical ecology of phoretic insect parasitoids 86
6 Novel insights into pheromone-mediated communication in parasitic hymenopterans 112
7 Chemical ecology of tachinid parasitoids 145
8 Climate change and its effects on the chemical ecology of insect parasitoids 168
9 Chemical ecology of insect parasitoids: essential elements for developing effective biological control programmes 193
10 The application of chemical cues in arthropod pest management for arable crops 225
11 Application of chemical cues in arthropod pest management for orchards and vineyards 245
12 Application of chemical cues in arthropod pest management for organic crops 266
13 Application of chemical cues in arthropod pest management for forest trees 282
Éric Wajnberg is a research scientist working at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Sophia Antipolis, France. He is a population biologist specializing in behavioural ecology, population genetics and statistical modelling. He is also an expert in biological control, with almost 30 years experience working on insect parasitoids.
Stefano Colazza is based at the University of Palermo, Italy. He is a specialist in infochemicals and behavioural ecology of plant, insect herbivores, and insect parasitoid interactions, with a special interest in the chemical ecology of plant volatile organic compounds in a tri-trophic context. He has been involved in these research areas for over 30 years.