Natural Enemies - An Introduction to Biological Control

Ann Hajek 
Cambridge University Press  December 2003  

Hardback  388 pp, 77diags, 50 illus  ISBN 9780521652957      £95.00

Paperback  388 pp, 77diags, 50 illus  ISBN 9780521653855      £42.00
Natural Enemies: An Introduction to Biological Control gives a thorough grounding in the biological control of arthropods, vertebrates, weeds and plant pathogens through use of natural enemies. This book is intended for students and professionals lacking a strong background in entomology, weed science or plant pathology. Ann Hajek discusses the reasons why biological control is used, describes different use strategies and associated safety issues, as well as how best to integrate biological control with other types of pest management. She goes on to describe the basic biology of the different types of natural enemies, and gives examples of successful biological control programs. Throughout this book, the ecological relationships that make control possible are emphasised, and the major strategies for the use of different types of natural enemies detailed, with discussions of the specific conditions under which each strategy is successful in controlling pests.


Preface; Acknowledgments; Glossary; Part I. Introduction: 1. Why use natural enemies; 2. What are natural enemies; Part II. Strategies for Using Natural Enemies: 3. Classical biological control; 4. Inoculative and inundative biological control; 5. Conservation and enhancement; Part III. Biological Control of Invertebrate and Vertebrate Pests: 6. Ecological basis for use of predators, parasitoids and pathogens; 7. #Use of predators for biological control; 8. Insect parasitoids: attack by aliens; 9. Parasitic nematodes; 10. Bacterial pathogens of invertebrates; 11. Viral pathogens; 12. Fungi and microsporidia; Part IV. Biological Control of Weeds: 13. Biology and ecology of agents used for biological control of weeds; 14. Phytophagous invertebrates and vertebrates; 15. Plant pathogens for controlling weeds; Part V. Biological Control of Plant Pathogens and Plant Parasitic Nematodes: 16. Biology and ecology of antagonists; 17. Microbial antagonists combating plant pathogens and plant parasitic nematodes; Part VI. Biological Control: Concerns, Changes and Challenges: 18. Safe biological control; 19. Present uses of biological control; General references; Index.

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