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Climate Change and Insect Pests

Climate Change and Insect Pests

CABI Climate Change Series

Edited by C Björkman, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden, P Niemelä, University of Turku, Finland

October 2015 / Hardback / 292 Pages / 9781780643786 £80.00 / €107.00 / $155.50
With 10% online discount: £72.00 / €96.30 / $139.95
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Main Description

Insects, being poikilothermic, are among the organisms that are most likely to respond to changes in climate, particularly increased temperatures. Range expansions into new areas, further north and to higher elevations, are already well documented, as are physiological and phenological responses.
It is anticipated that the damage to crops and forests by insects will increase as a consequence of climate change, i.e. increasing temperatures primarily. However, the evidence in support of this common "belief" is sparse. Climate Change and Insect Pests sums up present knowledge regarding both agricultural and forest insect pests and climate change in order to identify future research directions.


Suitable for researchers of climate change, crop protection and pest control.

    • Part I: General Issues and Patterns
  • 1: Climate Change and Insect Pest Distribution Range
  • 2: Species Distribution Modelling in Predicting Response to Climate Change
  • 3: Adaptive Responses of Plants to Insect Herbivores under Climate Change
  • 4: Boreal Woody Species Resistance Affected by Climate Change
  • 5: Effects of Climate Change on the Interactions Between Insect Pests and Their Natural Enemies
  • Part II: Agricultural Pests
  • 6: Physiological Variation of Insects in Agricultural Landscapes: Potential Impacts of Climate Change
  • 7: Climate Change and Biological Control in Agricultural Systems: Principles and Examples from North America
  • 8: Climate Change Effects on Agricultural Insect Pests in Europe
  • Part III: Forest Pests
  • 9: Abiotic Factors, Climatic Variability and Forest Insect Pests
  • 10: Responses of Tree-killing Bark Beetles to a Changing Climate
  • 11: The Eurasian Spruce Bark Beetle: The Role of Climate
  • 12: Pine Wood Nematode, Pine Wilt Disease, Vector Beetle and Pine Tree: How a Multiplayer System Could Reply to Climate Change
  • 13: Northern Geometrids and Climate Change: From Abiotic Factors to Trophic Interactions
  • 14: Effects of New Forest Management on Insect Damage Risk in a Changing Climate
"By and large, this book is a wonderful contribution to our understanding of insect pest ecology in the context of
climate change, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the topic. I believe it would be of utility to graduate courses in entomology, ecology, forest health, and climate change, although faculty might only use particular chapters that fit their needs. I personally enjoyed this book so much, as it is an epic synthesis of applied insect natural history, and I feel natural history and ecology are the keys to insect pest management. A great book for ecologists!" - David C. Shaw in Ecology, 97(6), 2016,