Biodiversity and Insect Pests: Key Issues for Sustainable Management

Biodiversity and Insect Pests: Key Issues for Sustainable Management

Editor(s): Geoff M. Gurr, Steve D. Wratten, William E. Snyder, Donna M. Y. Read

Published Online: 15 MAY 2012 01:13AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470656860

Online ISBN: 9781118231838

DOI: 10.1002/9781118231838

About this Book

Biodiversity offers great potential for managing insect pests. It provides resistance genes and anti-insect compounds; a huge range of predatory and parasitic natural enemies of pests; and community ecology-level effects operating at the local and landscape scales to check pest build-up. This book brings together world leaders in theoretical, methodological and applied aspects to provide a comprehensive treatment of this fast-moving field.

Chapter authors from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas ensure a truly international scope. Topics range from scientific principles, innovative research methods, ecological economics and effective communication to farmers, as well as case studies of successful use of biodiversity-based pest management some of which extend over millions of hectares or are enshrined as government policy.

Written to be accessible to advanced undergraduates whilst also stimulating the seasoned researcher, this work will help unlock the power of biodiversity to deliver sustainable insect pest management.

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Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: Introduction

    1. Chapter 1

      Biodiversity and Insect Pests (pages 1–20)

      Geoff M. Gurr, Steve D. Wratten and William E. Snyder

  2. Part 2: Fundamentals

  3. Part 3: Methods

    1. Chapter 8

      Scale Effects in Biodiversity and Biological Control: Methods and Statistical Analysis (pages 121–138)

      Christoph Scherber, Blas Lavandero, Katrin M. Meyer, David Perovic, Ute Visser, Kerstin Wiegand and Teja Tscharntke

  4. Application

  5. Synthesis

    1. Chapter 20

      Conclusion: Biodiversity as an Asset rather than a Burden (pages 329–339)

      Geoff M. Gurr, William E. Snyder, Steve D. Wratten and Donna M. Y. Read

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