Synopses & Reviews
Presents and develops ecological theory as a foundation for integrated pest management practices, with the aim of improving those practices. Unlike how-to books for dealing with a limited group of pests, this book presents the information and models a pest manager needs to work from to develop a strategy for controlling any group of pests. Focuses on the theoretical background of the major pest control tactics: host-plant resistance, biological control, microbial control, cultural control, and chemical control. Discusses ecological concepts related to arthropod-borne plant diseases and their control, looks at the economic dimension of agroecology, and compares and contrasts natural and agricultural ecosystems.
Table of Contents
Perspectives in Integrated Pest Management: From an Industrial to Ecological Model of Pest Management (R. Levins).
Island Biogeographic Theory and Integrated Pest Management (D. Simberloff).
Population Theory and Understanding Pest Outbreaks (D. R. Strong).
Trivial Movement and Foraging by Crop Colonizers (P. Kareiva).
Plant Defense Strategies and Host-Plant Resistance (M. Kogan).
Plant Defense-Herbivore-Parasite Interactions and Biological Control (S. D. Duffey & K. A.
Ecology of Insect-Pathogen Interactions and Some Possible Applications (R. M. May).
Plant-Plant-Pathogen-Insect Interactions (G. G. Kennedy).
Ecological Bases for Habitat Management and Pest Cultural Control (D. Herzog & J. Funderburk).
The Ecology of Insecticides and the Chemical Control of Insects (R. L. Metcalf).
Agroecology and Economics (D. Pimentel).
Agroecosystems--Structure, Analysis, and Modeling (P. G. Risser).