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About this book
About this book
Pesticide resistance is becoming more frequent and widespread with more than 500 insect species known to have become resistant to synthetic insecticides. On the other hand, consumers increasingly demand agricultural products without any pesticide residues. This book, for the first time, shows the alternative: solely physical methods for plant protection by means of thermal, electromagnetic, mechanical and vacuum processes.
From the contents: Plant Protection and Physical Control Methods.- The Need to Protect Crop Plants.- Thermal Control Methods: Thermal Control in Plant Protection. Flame Weeding in Corn. Thermal Control of Colorado Potato Beetle. Control of Insects in Post-Harvest: High Temperature and Inert Atmospheres. Control of Insects in Post-Harvest: Low Temperature.- Electromagnetic Methods: Electromagnetic Radiation for Plant Protection. The Use of Microwaves for Insect Control. Optical Filters against Grey Mould of Greenhouse Crops. Photochemical Treatment for Control of Post-Harvest Diseases in Horticultural Crops. Control of Insects in Post-Harvest: Radio Frequency and Microwave Heating. Electrical Weed Control: Theory and Applications.- Mechanical Control: Mechanical Weed Control in Agriculture. Mechanical Weed Control in Corn (Zea mays L.). Mulching and Plasticulture etc.- Pneumatical Control: Pneumatic control of Insects in Plant Protection etc.- Subject Index.
329 pages, 102 figs, 34 tabs
From the reviews of the first edition: "The aim of this book is to give update information on physical control methods in plant protection. ! The book is nicely presented, clear, and well-structured. It is well illustrated and flows with continuity despite multi-authorship. ! An interesting glossary at the end of the book may help the reader's understanding of the topic." (Michel Couderchet, Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol. 160 (5), 2003) "This book attempts to provide a comprehensive overview of a range of alternative methods divided into ! thermal, electromagnetic, mechanical and pneumatic control. ! each chapter includes a wealth of references that would enable the reader to use it as an ideal starting point for further investigation of the subject. ! If you have either a passing interest in alternatives to biological and chemical control of agricultural pests or are seeking a more detailed starting point for further investigations, this book provides a useful overview." (A. Straszewski, Journal of Agricultural Science, Vol. 138, 2002)