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About this book
About this book
Comprehensive treatise on thrips as crop pests, bringing together a vast amount of modern work set against a wealth of background knowledge covering basic biology, ecology, applied science and pest control.
Pest thrips in perspective; structure, growth and development; host selection and reproductive behaviour; food sources, feeding and nutrition; flight, migration and dispersal; biological diversity; distribution, abundance and population dynamics; natural enemies - interrelationships with invertebrates and fungi; field and laboratory techniques; rearing; the nature and extent of direct damage to plants; thrips as vectors of plant pathogens; chemical control; integrated control in field, plantation and greenhouse crops; catalogue of world crops, thrips pests and symptoms of infestation.
740 pages, 7 col plates, illus, figs, tabs
"The first chapters of this book provide the basic biology, structure and behavior of thrips, particularly pest species. Chapters 7-12 concentrate on population biology and ecology. The articles pertaining to worldwide IPM of thrips, namely Integrated Pest Management in Field Crops, Tree Crops, Glasshouses, and Chemical Control, reflect the state of the art." --IPM Practitioner
"Thrips as Crop Pests is a compendium of 18 chapters on basic biology, research methods, and management of thrips, those minute, haplodiploid, mostly plant-feeding insects that are useful for addressing fundamental questions in biology, but extremely injurious to a tremendous diversity of crops and trees worldwide. . . . Lewis has chosen the contributors wisely, as the chapters are consistently of high quality, comprehensive, and authoritative. . . . This book should be considered essential for all workers studying the biology and management of thrips. Its value rests in drawing together fecund, diverse a