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The Sirex Woodwasp and Its Fungal Symbiont: Research and Management of a Worldwide Invasive Pest

By: Bernard Slippers(Editor), Peter de Groot(Editor), Michael John Wingfield(Editor)

301 pages, 61 colour & 9 b/w illustrations


Paperback | Nov 2014 | #221610 | ISBN-13: 9789401783415
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Hardback | Oct 2011 | #194468 | ISBN-13: 9789400719590
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The Sirex woodwasp, Sirex noctilio, is the most important invasive alien insect pest of Pinus plantations in the Southern Hemisphere. It now also threatens pines in North America. This book brings together the worldwide knowledge of researchers from universities and government institutions, as well as forest industry practitioners that have worked on the pest. Importantly, it is the first comprehensive treatment of the subject since S. noctilio was discovered outside its native range around 1900. The book covers all aspects of the biology and management of S. noctilio, including aspects of the insects' taxonomy, general life history, host-plant relationships, population dynamics, chemical ecology and symbiosis with the fungus Amylostereum areolatum. The book also contains a comprehensive synthesis of the history and current status of the pest and worldwide efforts to control it, including biological control, silviculture and quarantine.



1 Sirex systematics; problems and solutions
2 Life history and biology of Sirex noctilio
3 Susceptibility and response of pines to Sirex noctilio
4 The population dynamics of Sirex noctilio F.: the influence of diapause, spatial aggregation and flight potential on woodwasp outbreaks and spread
5 The woodwasp Sirex noctilio and its associated fungus Amylostereum areolatum in Europe
6 The genetics of Amylostereum species associated with Siricids
7 Siricid woodwasps and their fungal symbionts in Asia, specifically those occurring in Japan
8 Parasitoids in the management of Sirex: Looking back and looking ahead
9 Factors affecting the efficacy of Deladenus siricidicola in biological control systems
10 Ecological considerations in using Deladenus siricidicola for the biological control of Sirex noctilio in North America
11 The chemical ecology of Sirex noctilio
12 The use of kairomone lures for the detection of Sirex noctilio in susceptible Pinus radiata plantations in Australia
13 The Sirex woodwasp in New Zealand: History and current status
14 Sirex woodwasp in Australia: current management strategies, research and emerging issues
15 The ecology and biological control of the woodwasp, Sirex noctilio, in Patagonia, Argentina
16 The woodwasp Sirex noctilio in Brazil: monitoring and control
17 Surveillance and control of the Sirex woodwasp: The Chilean experience
18 The control of the Sirex woodwasp in diverse environments: The South African experience
19 Sirex, surveys and management: Challenges of having Sirex noctilio in North America
20 Looking into the future of Sirex research and management

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