Insects are the most abundant and diverse organisms that inhabit our planet and are found in all the world's forest ecosystems. Many feed and/or breed on parts of trees. Some perform important functions, such as pollination or break-down of dead vegetation. Others weaken, deform or kill trees, and compete with humans for the many goods and services that trees and forests provide. Forest Entomology: A Global Perspective examines forest insects in a global context and reviews their dynamics, interactions with humans and methods for monitoring and management of species that damage forests.
Also provided are 235 profiles of forest insects, worldwide. A series of tables provides summaries of the distribution and hosts of many more species. Included are those that damage forests, others that are simply curiosities and some that are beneficial. This book is designed as a reference for students, practising foresters and forest health specialists, especially for those who work internationally or are concerned with species that have the potential to expand their ranges via international trade, travel or environmental changes.
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1 The World's Forests and Their Dynamics; 2 Forest Insect Dynamics; 3 Forest Insect and Human Interactions; 4 Monitoring Forest Insects, Their Damage and Damage Potential; 5 Management of Forest Insect Pests; 6 Forest Insect Orders and Families; 7 Foliage Feeding Insects - Lepidoptera; 8 Other Foliage Feeding Insects; 9 Bark and Ambrosia Beetles; 10 Large Cambium and Wood Boring Insects; 11 Sucking Insects; 12 Gall Insects; 13 Tip, Shoot and Regeneration Insects; 14 Insects of Tree Reproductive Structures; 15 Insects of Wood in Use; References Cited; Index
William M. Ciesla studied forestry and forest entomology at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is a forest health specialist and has held positions with USDA Forest Service, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and as a forest health consultant. He has worked in over 30 countries, is author/co-author of over 160 publications and is the 2005 recipient of the Western Forest Insect Work Conference, Founder's Award.