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Natural Enemies
An Introduction to Biological Control

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: September 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107668249
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  • This second edition of Natural Enemies will give students, professionals, and anyone wishing to learn the basics of biological control a fully updated and thorough introduction. The book discusses the huge diversity of organisms used in the control of pests, weeds and plant pathogens, and compares the many different strategies referred to as 'biological control': the introduction of exotic natural enemies, application of predators, parasitoids, and microorganisms as biopesticides, and manipulation of the environment to enhance natural enemy populations. The authors present the ecological concepts which form the bases of biological control and discuss recent changes to make biological control safe for the environment. Case studies are included throughout, providing in-depth examples of the use of different organisms and strategies in a variety of ecosystems. A new chapter covers the current challenges; the impact of climate change, the problem of invasive species, and how biological control can aid sustainability.

    • Presents basic information in a simple format, making this accessible for readers without extensive background knowledge of entomology, weed science, or plant pathology
    • Covers the ecological bases of the strategies discussed, helping readers see how they work and enabling them to work towards improvements and alterations with a solid foundation
    • Case-studies give real examples of the strategies in use in a variety of ecosystems
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This second edition of Natural Enemies has been skillfully updated to cover advances in biological control since 2004 which is sure to reinstate it as the standard introduction to the subject for undergraduates and other interested readers. Written by leading international experts, the text is both authoritative and easy to read, and is richly illustrated with fascinating examples of biological control applications from around the world. The expertise of the authors is readily apparent throughout the book and the breadth of coverage of all aspects of biological control is excellent. I highly recommend this text to anyone seeking to develop a course or workshop on the subject due to its comprehensive coverage, accessibility without need for specialist knowledge, and engaging style. It is reassuring to know that a new generation of biological control practitioners will be inspired by this well informed and enthusiastic introduction to the subject.' Nicholas J. Mills, University of California, Berkeley

    'The second edition retains all that was positive from the first edition - including wonderful graphs, illustrations and topic boxes - and adds a number of exciting updates. The section on conservation biological control is expanded, which reflects growth in this area over the last two decades. I also appreciated the updates to the last section of the book, which focuses on the evolving science of biological control. Here Hajek and Eilenberg provide a thoughtful and up-to-date discussion of the risks of biological control along with a nice sampling of risk assessment models. Also - the last chapter looks ahead at issues that the discipline will need to come to terms with including climate change, sustainability and the continued unintentional movement of species across the globe.' George Heimpel, University of Minnesota

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    28th Mar 2018 by JuanJoseGarcia

    Excellent book for researcher and students. A lot of good and new information on natural enemies and biological control

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107668249
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 136 b/w illus. 25 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Why use natural enemies?
    2. Introduction to biological control
    Part II. Strategies for Using Natural Enemies:
    3. Classical biological control
    4. Augmentation: inundative and inoculative biological control
    5. Conservation and enhancement of natural enemies
    Part III. Biological Control of Invertebrate and Vertebrate Pests:
    6. Ecological basis for use of predators, parasitoids, and pathogens to control pests
    7. Predators
    8. Insect parasitoids: attack by aliens
    9. Parasitic nematodes
    Part IV. Microbial Pathogens of Invertebrates and Vertebrates:
    10. Bacterial pathogens of invertebrates
    11. Viral pathogens of invertebrates and vertebrates
    12. Fungal pathogens of invertebrates
    Part V. Biological Control of Weeds:
    13. Biology and ecology of herbivores used for biological control of weeds
    14. Phytophagous invertebrates and vertebrates
    15. Plant pathogens for controlling weeds
    Part VI. Biological Control of Plant Pathogens and Plant Parasitic Nematodes:
    16. Biology and ecology of microorganisms for control of plant diseases
    17. Microbial antagonists combating plant pathogens and plant parasitic nematodes
    Part VII. Biological Control: Concerns, Changes and Challenges:
    18. Making biological control safe
    19. Biological control as part of integrated pest management
    20. Our changing world: moving forward

  • Authors

    Ann E. Hajek, Cornell University, New York
    Ann E. Hajek is a Professor in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, New York. Her career has focused on biological control, with research ranging from developing biopesticides to investigating why epizootics of insect diseases occur. The International Organization for Biological Control, Nearctic Regional Section, presented her with their Distinguished Scientist Award in 2011.

    Jørgen Eilenberg, University of Copenhagen
    Jørgen Eilenberg is a Professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, where he leads a research team studying insect pathogens and biological control. He was President of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology 2012–2014.

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