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Biological and Biotechnological Control of Insect Pests

1st Edition

Edited by Jack E. Rechcigl, Nancy A. Rechcigl

CRC Press

392 pages

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Hardback: 9781566704793
pub: 1999-09-24
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Pest and disease management continues to challenge the agricultural community. The rise in new pest and crop problems juxtaposed with public concern over pesticide use and more stringent environmental regulations creates the need for today's agricultural producers to stay current with new technologies for producing quality crops profitably. Biological and Biotechnological Control of Insect Pests presents an overview of alternative measures to traditional pest management practices, utilizing biological control and biotechnology.

The removal of some highly effective broad-spectrum chemicals, caused by concerns over environmental health and public safety, has resulted in the development of alternative, reduced risk crop protection products. These products, less toxic to the environment and easily integrated into biological control systems, target specific life stages or pest species. Predation - recognized as a suitable, long term strategy - effectively suppresses pests in biotechnological control systems.

Biological and Biotechnological Control of Insect Pests covers these topics and more. It explores the current approaches in alternative solutions such as: biological control agents, parasites and predators, pathogenic microorganisms, pheromones, botanical insecticides, genetic control, genetic engineering of plants and biocontrol agents, and government regulations for biocontrol agents and recombinant DNA technology. This book will be a useful resource to entomologists, agronomists, horticulturists, and environmental scientists.

Table of Contents

Biological Control Agents

Parasitoids and Predators, D. Orr and C.P.-C. Suh

Microbial Insecticides, J. L. Flexner and D.L. Belnavis

Pheromones and Other Semiochemicals, D.M. Suckling and G. Karg

Botanical Insecticides, Soaps, and Oils, R.A. Weinzierl

Insect Growth Regulators, N.E. Beckage

Physiological Approaches

Genetic Control of Insect Pests, A.S. Robinson

Plant Resistance to Insects, C.M. Smith


Genetic Engineering of Plants for Insect Resistance, J.A. Gatehouse and A.M.R. Gatehouse

Genetic Engineering of Biocontrol Agents for Insects, R.L. Harrison and B.C. Bonning

Environmental Impact of Biotechnology, R.G. Shatters, Jr.


Regulatory Aspects of Biological Control Agents and Products Derived by Biotechnology, J. T. McClintock, N.A.M. van Beek, J.L. Kough, M.L. Mendelsohn, and P.O. Hutton


About the Authors/Editors

Jack E. Rechcigl, Nancy A. Rechcigl

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General