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Thrips as Crop Pests

Thrips as Crop Pests

Edited by T Lewis, Institute of Arable Crops Research, Rothamsted, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK

November 1997 / Hardback / 736 Pages / 9780851991788 £160.00 / €205.00 / $305.00
With 10% online discount: £144.00 / €184.50 / $274.50
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Main Description

Thrips have recently surged to prominence as insect pests of field, plantation and glasshouse crops in many countries, associated with increased international trade in fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers and plant propagation material. They can cause direct feeding damage to the aerial parts of plants, resulting in yield loss and spoilage, and some are vectors of destructive plant viruses. Their minute size and secretive habits make them particularly difficult to detect and control. This book, containing contributions from several world authorities from Europe, the USA and Asia, is the most comprehensive treatise on thrips as crop pests ever to be published. It brings together a vast amount of modern work set against a wealth of background knowledge, covering basic biology, ecology, applied science and pest control. The result is a book indispensable for agricultural advisers and growers concerned with thrips pests, and a unique reference source and stimulus for research entomologists studying these intriguing insects.

  • i: Contributors
  • ii: Preface
  • iii: Acknowledgements
  • 1: Pest thrips in perspective T Lewis
  • 2: Structure, growth and development G Moritz
  • 3: Host selection, communication and reproductive behaviour L I Terry
  • 4: Feeding W D J Kirk
  • 5: Flight and dispersal T Lewis
  • 6: Biological diversity L A Mound
  • 7: Distribution, abundance and population dynamics W D J Kirk
  • 8: Predation by insects and mites M W Sabelis and P C J Van Rijn
  • 9: Interaction with hymenopterous parasitoids and parasitic nematodes A J M Loomans, T Murai and I D Greene
  • 10: Fungal pathogens of thrips T M Butt and M Brownbridge
  • 11: Field and laboratory techniques T Lewis
  • 12: Culturing thrips and parasitoids A J M Loomans and T Murai
  • 13: Feeding and oviposition injuries to plants C C Childers
  • 14: Thrips as vectors of plant pathogens D E Ullman, J S Sherwood and T L German
  • 15: Chemical control T Lewis
  • 16: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of field crops M P Parrella and T Lewis
  • 17: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in tree crops B L Parker and M Skinner
  • 18: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in glasshouses R J Jacobson
  • iv: Appendix 1: Thrips species cited with authorities and common names
  • v: Appendix 2: Major crops infested by thrips with main symptoms and predominant injurious species
  • vi: Appendix 3: Tree crops, associated thrips and components of control
  • vii: Index

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