Classical Biological Control of Bemisia tabaci in the United States - A Review of Interagency Research and Implementation

Edited by Gould, Juli; Hoelmer, Kim; Goolsby, John 
Springer  2008  

Hardcover  343 pp  ISBN 9781402067396      £121.00
Vol. 4 in the series Progress in Biological Control

This book reviews the interagency research and development effort on classical biological control in the USA from 1992-2002. The successful exploration, importation, screening, evaluation, rearing, and establishment of at least five exotic Bemisia. tabaci natural enemies in rapid response to the devastating infestations in the USA is a landmark in interagency cooperation and coordination of multiple disciplines. In this volume, the various authors present detailed reviews of natural enemy exploration, introduction, and evaluation efforts that will serve as a guide to support and encourage classical biological control inputs into other integrated pest management systems.

Of interest to agricultural research scientists, extension specialists, biological control and pest management practitioners, Federal and State regulatory agencies in the United States and abroad


  • Introduction: Thomas J. Henneberry, Robert M. Faust;
  • Foreign Exploration for Insect Natural Enemies of Bemisia for Use in Biological Control in the USA: A Successful Program: Alan A. Kirk et al.
  • Entomopathogenic Fungi for Control of Bemisia tabaci Biotype B: Foreign Exploration, Research and Implementation: Lawrence A. Lacey et al.
  • Systematics and Biology of Encarsia: John M. Heraty et al.
  • The Genus Eretmocerus: Gregory Zolnerowich, Mike Rose.
  • Molecular Characterization with RAPD-PCR: Application of Genetic Diagnostics to Biological Control of the SweetPotato Whitefly: Don C. Vacek et al.
  • Quarantine Evaluation of Parasitoids Imported into the USA for Biocontrol of Bemisia tabaci Biotype B: John A. Goolsby et al.
  • Evaluation of Exotic Parasitoids and Predators in Field Cages in California: Kim A. Hoelmer, William J. Roltsch.
  • Field Evaluation of Bemisia Parasitoids in Texas: Matthew A. Ciomperlik, John A. Goolsby.
  • Mass-Rearing Bemisia Parasitoids for Support of Classical and Augmentative Biological Control Programs: Gregory S. Simmons et al.
  • Release and Recovery of Exotic Parasitoids of Bemisia tabaci in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas: John A. Goolsby, Matthew A. Ciomperlik.
  • Release and Recovery of Four Species of Eretmocerus against Bemisia tabaci Biotype B in Arizona: Juli Gould et al.
  • Release and Recovery of Exotic Natural Enemies of Bemisia tabaci (Biotype "B") (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) in Imperial Valley, California: William J. Roltsch et al.
  • Releases of Exotic Parasitoids of Bemisia tabaci in San Joaquin Valley, California: Charles H. Pickett et al.
  • Habitat Management for the Establishment of Bemisia Natural Enemies: William J. Roltsch et al.
  • Integrating Parasitoid Releases with Traditional Control Methodologies: Experience in the Spring Melon Production System in the Southwestern USA: G. Simmons et al.
  • Multivariate Analysis of Bemisia tabaci Biotype B and Associated Parasitoid Populations within the Imperial Valley Agricultural System: Earl Andress et al.
  • Indigenous Parasitoids of Bemisia in the USA and Potential for Non-Target Impacts of Exotic Parasitoid Introductions: Kim A. Hoelmer et al.
  • Epilogue.
  • Summary.
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