Biodiversity and Insect Pests: Key Issues for Sustainable Management

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Biodiversity offers great potential for managing insect pests. Itprovides resistance genes and anti-insect compounds; a huge rangeof predatory and parasitic natural enemies of pests; and communityecology-level effects operating at the local and landscape scalesto check pest build-up. This book brings together world leaders intheoretical, methodological and applied aspects to provide acomprehensive treatment of this fast-moving field.

Chapter authors from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia and theAmericas ensure a truly international scope. Topics range fromscientific principles, innovative research methods, ecologicaleconomics and effective communication to farmers, as well as casestudies of successful use of biodiversity-based pest managementsome of which extend over millions of hectares or are enshrined asgovernment policy.

Written to be accessible to advanced undergraduates whilst alsostimulating the seasoned researcher, this work will help unlock thepower of biodiversity to deliver sustainable insect pestmanagement.

Visit www.wiley.com/go/gurr/biodiversity toaccess the artwork from the book.

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Geoff Gurr is Professor of Applied Ecology at Charles SturtUniversity in Australia. Over the last two decades he has worked onthe ecology and management of pests in systems as diverse aspastures and forests. Much of his recent work has been withcollaborators throughout Asia where insecticide resistance insucking pests of rice has driven the development and adoption ofbiodiversity-based management strategies.

Steve Wratten is Professor of Ecology at LincolnUniversity, New Zealand and Visiting Professor at Charles SturtUniversity in Australia. His main research concerns evaluating andenhancing "nature's services" (ecosystem services). Using resourceeconomics techniques, the existing value of these services (suchthings as biological control of pests) is estimated and thenhabitat manipulation ("ecological engineering") is used to enhancethese services on farmland to provide profit and real evidence ofsustainability. This work is done across several agriculturalsectors but especially in vineyards.

William Snyder is Professor of Entomology at WashingtonState University, USA. With the help of a small army of studentsand postdocs, he explores the relationship between biodiversity andbiocontrol. Recent work focuses on the relative importance of thetwo components of biodiversity, species number (richness) andspecies balance (evenness), and practical ways for farmers toharness biodiversity's many benefits.

Donna Read is a Research Assistant at Charles SturtUniversity, Australia with interests in rural sociology,agricultural economics and horticulture.

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"Suitable as a textbook for advanced students, the volumeperhaps has its greatest value as an enduring source of informationand ideas to practitioners and conservationists."  (TheQuarterly Review of Biology, 1 June 2014)

“Biodiversity and Insect Pestsis well illustrated, withseveral colour plates. It has an excellent index and a companionwebsite, http://www.wiley.com/go/gurr/biodiversity, withdownloadable figures and tables.  Although relativelyexpensive, and at times very technical, it is recommended as amust-read book for the agricultural community, researchers and thegeneral public.”  (Austral Ecology, 1 October2013)

 

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