Exotic Pests and Diseases: Biology and Economics for Biosecurity

Exotic Pests and Diseases: Biology and Economics for Biosecurity

Editor(s): Daniel A. Sumner

Published Online: 28 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9780813819662

Online ISBN: 9780470290125

DOI: 10.1002/9780470290125

About this Book

Exotic pests and diseases have long been an important concern in agriculture. The problem is becoming increasingly urgent and complex because agricultural trade has been liberalized worldwide, and as a consequence, the probability of spreading a disease or a pest through national borders has become a real threat, not only for the agricultural industry but also for human health and the natural environment.


This edited volume's list of international contributors reads like a Who's Who of international agricultural research! This book includes ten interdisciplinary case studies that focus on specific pests or diseases that represent a range of threats to U.S. agriculture, wild lands and the urban landscape, and possible government responses to these threats. Each chapter combines, in an original fashion, biological foundations and implications for the public, giving powerful insights to a series of public policy issues of national and international relevance. In many instances, economic analysis of alternative policies is included.

Exotic pest control is discussed in a public good general framework, and under the international regulatory laws comprised by the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Protocol of the WTO.

Table of contents

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    2. Chapter 8

      Risk Assessment of Plant-parasitic Nematodes (pages 99–119)

      Howard Ferris, Karen M. Jetter, Inga A. Zasada, John J. Chitambar, Robert C. Venette, Karen M. Klonsky and J. Ole Becker

    3. Chapter 10

      An Insect Pest of Agricultural, Urban, and Wildlife Areas: The Red Imported Fire Ant (pages 151–166)

      John H. Klotz, Karen M. Jetter, Les Greenberg, Jay Hamilton, John Kabashima and David F. Williams

    4. Chapter 13

      Ash Whitefly and Biological Control in the Urban Environment (pages 203–213)

      Timothy D. Paine, Karen M. Jetter, Karen M. Klonsky, Larry G. Bezark and Thomas S. Bellows

    5. Chapter 15

      Biological Control of Yellow Starthistle (pages 225–241)

      Karen M. Jetter, Joseph M. Ditomaso, Daniel J. Drake, Karen M. Klonsky, Michael J. Pitcairn and Daniel A. Sumner

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