Aphids on the world's crops. An identification and information guide.
This book is intended to enable workers in agricultural entomology who are not specialist aphid taxonomists to identify most of the aphid species that they are likely to find colonizing commercial crops in agriculture and horticulture throughout the world, and to provide concise information on their identity, economic importance, geographical distribution, host-plant range, life-cycle and the relevant literature on them. An introductory section includes general information on taxonomy, life-cycles, polymorphism, host-plant relationships, distribution, morphology and key characters. This is followed by one on crops, in which over 200 crop plants are listed alphabetically by their scientific names, accompanied by their English names, and (forming a major part of the text) the aphids found on each crop are listed and keyed, using simple illustrated keys. A further lengthy section on the aphids provides a systematic treatment of aphid genera and species (in alphabetical order, with information on their recognition, host-plants, virus transmission (where relevant), distribution and biology). Techniques (including collecting, preserving, mounting, and labelling and storage of slide-mounted preparations) and sources of information on various aspects of aphids are dealt with in 2 further sections. In addition to the many text figures, a series of photographs of slide-mounted specimens of 150 species of aphids is provided.