Synopses & Reviews
As ravagers of crops and carriers of diseases affecting plants, humans and animals, insects present a challenge to a growing human population. In Pest and Vector Control, H.F. van Emden and Mike Service describe the available options for meeting this challenge, discussing their relative advantages, disadvantages and future potential. Methods such as chemical and biological control, host tolerance and resistance are discussed, intergrating--often for the first time--information and experience from the agricultural and medical/veterinary fields. Chemical control is seen as a major component of insect control, both now and in the future, but this is balanced with an extensive account of associated problems, especially the development of pesticide-tolerant populations. The authors are leading authorities in their respective fields and two of the best known entomologists of their generation.
Pest and Vector Control describes how insects, beneficial ones and pests, play an important role in human life, and how obnoxious insects, ticks and mites of agricultural, stored products, and medical and veterinary importance can be controlled. The many different options for this are presented, together with their advantages and disadvantages. The emphasis is on trying to develop pest management strategies, where insecticides provide only a part of an integrated approach, in order to make pest/vector control less damaging to the environment, and more sustainable.
This short, readable textbook is designed to introduce students to the biology and techniques of agricultural pest and disease vector control.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Man and insects; 2. The causes of pest and vectored disease outbreaks; 3. Insecticides and their formulation; 4. Application of insecticides; 5. Problems with insecticides; 6. Environmental/cultural control; 7. Biological control; 8. Insect pathogens; 9. Genetic control; 10. Pheromones; 11. Plant and host resistance; 12. Other control measures and related topics; 13. Pest and vector management; References; Appendix: names of some chemicals and microbials used as pesticides.