Pyrethrum Flowers: Production, Chemistry, Toxicology, and Uses

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For over 160 years, pyrethrum has been safely and effectively used as a pesticide the world over. The flowers of this daisy, which contain a mixture of pleasant-smelling esters called the pyrethrins, have highly unusual insecticidal properties. Unique in their ability to repel most insect pests while posing virtually no threat to the environment, pyrethrins have been the subject of great interest to a wide variety of scientists. This book presents for the first time in over twenty years an in-depth look at the many issues surrounding the use of pyrethrins. John E. Casida, a world-renowned authority on the subject, has assembled a group of distinguished contributors to discuss topics ranging from the relationship between pyrethrum and synthetic pyrethroids to cultivation to metabolism to mammalian and environmental toxicology. Along the way, the history of pyrethrum flowers and pyrethrins, the chemistry of active pyrethrin ingredients, the mode of action and resistance, the control of pests, and residues and tolerances are also expertly treated. As safety aspects of pesticides are reevaluated with regard to current regulatory, social, and political implications, pyrethrum has increasingly been seen as the prototype for safe, natural pesticides. Engaging and profusely illustrated, Pyrethrum Flowers is the perfect introduction to the most important natural botanical pesticide. It will appeal to all scientists concerned with pesticides, including botanists, geneticists, biochemists, entomologists, and ecologists.

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John E. Casida, Professor of Entomology and Co-Director of the Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. Gary B. Quistad, University of California, Berkeley.

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"A very specialized book for researchers and professionals." --Choice

"This book contains a balanced presentation of agronomic, industrial and practical applications of the premier botanical insecticides. It will be the major reference in the next decade for those seeking to learn the background and present knowledge surrounding pyrthrum; it will also be the
most important single source for locating more specific work on the mechanism of action, toxicology, chemistry and breeding of the pyrethrum daisy." --American Scientist

"I found the book....to be most complete for all teaching, reference, and research purposes. I t can be recommended highly for all discplines dealing with the subject of pesticides...." --Quarterly Review of Biology

"This is a most important book on the most important botanical insecticide. It is more than that, however. The detailed research, production, extraction, chemical, and use data contained in this book sets a high standard of excellence for comprehensive reviews of other widely used botanical
materials."--HerbalGram

"I found the book....to be most complete for all teaching, reference, and research purposes. It can be recommended highly for all disciplines dealing with the subject of pesticides...." --Quarterly Review of Biology

"Pyrethrum Flowers is an excellent reference for topics related to pyrethrins ... Pyrethrum refers to a natural plant product that is a broad spectrum insecticide ... [and] has low mammalian toxicity and rapidly degrades in the light. These characteristics allow for harvest day application, a
rare attribute for a pesticide. ... The book is filled with data ... about pyrethrins and pyrethroids. To a large extent one needs to be knowledgeable in a particular field to understand the significance of toxicological data, results of chemical characterization, insect nerve responses, etc. though
the book remains readable throughout. Pyrethrum Flowers is a nice blend of history, practical details of agricultural production, and chemical, biological, and physical specifications. This compilation is impressive in conveying the value of this botanical product and its potential for more
widespread usage should problems with its supply be overcome."--Economic Botany

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