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Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management

By: Antônio Ricardo Panizzi(Editor), José Roberto P Parra(Editor)

732 pages, 224 b/w photos and illustrations, 79 tables, includes CD-ROM

CRC Press

Paperback | Oct 2016 | #232869 | ISBN-13: 9781138198500
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Hardback | Mar 2012 | #196971 | ISBN-13: 9781439837085
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About this book

The field of insect nutritional ecology has been defined by how insects deal with nutritional and non-nutritional compounds, and how these compounds influence their biology in evolutionary time. In contrast, Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management presents these entomological concepts within the framework of integrated pest management (IPM). It specifically addresses bioecology and insect nutrition in modern agriculture. Written for graduate students and professionals in entomology, this book covers neotropical information in three sections:

- General Aspects: Basic bioecology and insect nutrition; artificial diets; insect/plant interactions; insect symbionts; the interface of chemical ecology with the food; and insect cannibalism
- Specific Aspects: Specific feeding guilds of insects including ants, social bees, leaf chewers, seed suckers, seed chewers, root feeders, gall makers, detritivorous feeders, pests of storage grains, fruit flies, aphids, endo- and ectoparasitoids, predators, crisopids, and hematophagous insects
- Applied Aspects: Host plant resistance and the design of IPM programs in the context of insect bioecology and nutrition

Much of the research on which these chapters were written was done in Brazil and based on its neotropical fauna. The complexity and diversity of the neotropics provides enough data that readers from all zoogeographical regions can readily translate the information in this book to their specific conditions. The book's value as an entry point for further research is enhanced by the inclusion of approximately 4000 references.

"For production of this volume, Parra and Panizzi assembled a cadre of Brazilian authors who represent the best in the field, along with several chapters in collaboration with international authorities who have spent time in Brazil. This volume offers the most authoritative compilation of up-to-date research on the ecology of insects with emphasis on nutrition and nutritional ecology, as well as the implications for the development of integrated pest management programs applied to the neotropics, arguably the most complex and diverse of the world's biogeographic zones. This volume is a landmark in a relatively young, multidimensional science, and will greatly contribute toward much-needed further research."
– Marcos Kogan, Oregon State University

"It is easy to see why this book has gone through two Brazilian editions and now is translated into English. It contains some immensely interesting and valuable information. [...] the contributors provide us with easy entry into the fascinating world of insect–host relations. Without exception, the authors have provided comprehensive yet lucid discussions of the most important aspects of each topic treated. The bibliographic information is complete but not overwhelming. [...] [This book] should be on the reference shelf of anyone working in this field. [...] Overall, this is a wonderful addition to the entomological literature, and English-speakers will be very grateful that they finally have ready access to this useful publication."
– John L. Capinera, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida, Florida Entomologist, March 2013


General Aspects
- Introduction to Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Nutritional Indices for Measuring Insect Food Intake and Utilization
- The Evolution of Artificial Diets and Their Interactions in Science and Technology
- Molecular and Evolutionary Physiology of Insect Digestion
- Insect-Plant Interactions
- Symbionts and Nutrition of Insects
- Bioecology and Nutrition versus Chemical Ecology: The Multitrophic Interactions Mediated by Chemical Signals
- Cannibalism in Insects
- Implications of Plant Hosts and Insect Nutrition on Entomopathogenic Diseases

Specific Aspects
- Neotropical Ants (Hymenoptera) Functional Groups: Nutritional and Applied Implications
- Social Bees (Bombini, Apini, Meliponini)
- Defoliators (Lepidoptera)
- Seed-Sucking Bugs (Heteroptera)
- Seed-Chewing Beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Bruchinae)
- Rhizophagous Beetles (Coleoptera: Melolonthidae)
- Gall-Inducing Insects: From Anatomy to Biodiversity
- Detritivorous Insects
- Insect Pests in Stored Grain
- Fruit Flies (Diptera)
- Sap-Sucking Insects (Aphidoidea)
- Parasitoids (Hymenoptera)
- Predatory Bugs (Heteroptera)
- Predatory Beetles (Coccinellidae)
- Green Lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae): Predatory Lifestyle
- Hematophages (Diptera, Siphonaptera, Hemiptera, Phthiraptera)

Applied Aspects
- Plant Resistance and Insect Bioecology and Nutrition
- Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management


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Antonio R. Panizzi is a research entomologist at the National Wheat Center in Passo Fundo, RS, Brazil. Jose Roberto Postali Parra is a Professor of the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Agricultural Zoology at the College of Agriculture at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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