Agricultural insect pests of temperate regions and their control.
This handbook is a companion to a similar publication by the same author on agricultural insect pests of the tropics and their control, but is devoted to arthropod pests of temperate regions. There is some overlap in the coverage. It is likely to be useful to students at undergraduate and postgraduate level taking courses in entomology, agriculture, crop pests and protection, and professional workers concerned with the identification and control of insect pests, and brings together a large amount of information that was previously available only in a scattered form. The 1st 8 chapters are of a general nature and are devoted to pest ecology, principles of pest control, methods of pest control, pest damage to crop plants, biological control of crop pests, pesticide application and pesticides in current use. There follows a systematic account of the recognition, biology (including food plants), injuriousness, distribution (based mainly on maps published by CAB International Institute of Entomology) and control of insects and mites in 11 major taxa, illustrated by numerous line drawings and photographs. Scientific, family and common names are used. The next chapter is arranged by crops, over 70 of which are dealt with in alphabetical order. For each crop, annotated lists of major and minor pests are provided, with notes on their distribution and the kind of damage they cause. Crops and pests can be cross-referred with the aid of the subject index. A list of pesticides cited, a glossary of terms used, hints on preserving, shipping and identifying pests, and some standard abbreviations and acronyms, are given in appendices.