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About this book
About this book
This book is a synthesis and a celebration of a large body of agro-ecological research carried out on the management of the pests of cotton, one of the world's major crops and one which has historically been a very heavy consumer of inputs of pesticides. It demonstrates how agro-ecological approaches to pest management are at last approaching the 'mainstream', with an increasing recognition that farmland delivers a wide range of ecosystem services (nature's goods and services), including but certainly not solely comprising the production of food.
THE NEW ISSUES IN CROP PROTECTIONi? Reducing harvest losses still further; Learning the lessons of the first Green Revolution; Advancing the concept of rational crop protection; Ensuring the maintenance of biodiversity and the sustainable functioning of agro-ecosystems i? COTTON, A CASE STUDYi? Cotton and Its cultivation; Insects and weeds, major constraints to cotton production; Sensitivity to pests and damage and the compensation capacity of cotton i? STEPPING OFF THE PESTICIDE TREADMILLi? Success and disillusionment, or the Need for Know-how; Towards supervised chemical control; Management of the phenomenon of resistance to pesticides; Crop protection at the crossroads i? THE CONCEPT OF INTEGRATED CONTROLi? Control, suppression, eradication, management or protection?; eradication of cotton pests; Considerations for IPM in cotton cultivation i? HARMONISING CONTROL METHODS: MIRAGE AND REALITYi? Optimising varietal selection and transforming living organisms; Foreseeing the development of resistance; Exploiting natural plant defences and promoting biological control i? ECOLOGICAL BASES OF THE MANAGEMENT OF POPULATIONSi? i? Think globally, act locallyi? ; Combining productivity and the provision of ecological services; Towards agroecological management of communities i? HABITAT MANAGEMENT: THE FACTOR UNITING AGRONOMY AND ECOLOGYi? Agronomic and agroecological innovations in cotton production; Controlling outbreaks by planning of agrarian structures and managing plant biodiversity