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Natural Enemies: An Introduction to Biological Control

By: Ann Hajek

378 pages, Figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Feb 2004 | #142153 | ISBN: 0521653851
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This book gives a thorough grounding in the biological control of arthropods, vertebrates, weeds and plant pathogens using natural enemies. It explores the reasons for using biological control, the major strategies for the use of natural enemies, and how biological control can be integrated with other types of pest management. It addresses the issues of safety and non-target effects, the ecological relationships that make control by natural enemies possible are emphasised.

'... a nicely written and illustrated book on biological control ...' Journal of Insect Conservation 'It is a book that is designed to take the reader through the value, uses and approaches to biological control, emphasising each point with clearly described examples. And this it does very well indeed.' Leonard G. Copping, Pest Management Science 'The strength of the text, in my opinion, lies in the enthusiasm for the organisms, especially the entomophagous fungi with which Hajek is so familiar.' Ecology


Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: 1. Why use natural enemies?; 2. Introduction to biological control; Part I. Strategies for Using Natural Enemies: 3. Classical biological control; 4. Augmentation: inundative and inoculative biological control; 5. Conservation and enhancement of natural enemies; Part II. Biological Control of Invertebrate and Vertebrate Pests: 6. Ecological basis for use of predators, parasitoids and pathogens; 7. Predators; 8. Insect parasitoids: attack by aliens; 9. Parasitic nematodes; 10. Bacterial pathogens of invertebrates; 11. Viral pathogens; 12. Fungi and microsporidia; Part III. Biological Control of Weeds: 13. Biology and ecology of agents used for biological control of weeds; 14. Phytophagous invertebrates and vertebrates; 15. Plant pathogens for controlling weeds; Part IV. Biological Control of Plant Pathogens and Plant Parasitic Nematodes: 16. Biology and ecology of antagonists; 17. Microbial antagonists combating plant pathogens and plant parasitic nematodes; Part V. Biological Control: Concerns, Changes and Challenges: 18. Safe biological control; 19. Present uses of biological control; Glossary; References; Index.

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ANN HAJEK is Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University.

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