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Biotic Stress and Yield Loss

1st Edition

Edited by Robert K.D. Peterson, Leon G. Higley

CRC Press

276 pages

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pub: 2000-12-28
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Understanding biotic stress and plant yield allows for the practical development of economic decision making, an instrumental part of Integrated Pest Management. And further, the impact of biotic injury on plant yield bears directly on the basic biological questions of population dynamics, life history strategies, community structure, plant-stressor coevolution, and ecosystem nutrient cycling. Biotic Stress and Yield Loss is a comprehensive review of the latest conclusions of yield loss in entomology, weed science, and plant pathology, combining state-of-the-art theory with successful applications.

This book is unique in that it is the first to cover all biotic stressors, insects, weeds, and plant pathogens, and their impact on plant yield and fitness. It focuses on current knowledge of yield and fitness loss in both natural and agricultural ecosystems and on a physiologically based approach to provide a common basis for considering and discussing biotic stress. By considering biotic stress within the context of plant ecophysiology, Biotic Stress and Yield Loss attempts to elevate knowledge of biotic stress to the same level as abiotic stress and makes an argument for integrating the two types of stress.


"Biotic Stress and Yield Loss is an indispensable resource for understanding the complex responses of plants to the attack of pests. Theoreticians and practitioners alike can rely on this work as a well-written and comprehensive reference on the topic."

--Larry P. Pedigo

"A comprehensive review of plant yield loss in entomology, weed science, and plant pathology, covering both theory and applications."

-Book News, March 2001

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Table of Contents


Robert K.D. Peterson and Leon G. Higley

Illuminating the Black Box: The Relationship Between Injury and Yield

Robert K.D. Peterson and Leon G. Higley

Yield Loss and Insect Management

Leon G. Higley

Techniques for Evaluating Yield Loss from Insects

G. David Buntin

Yield Loss of Field Corn from Insects

Michael D. Culy

Phenological Disruption and Yield Loss from Insects

Scott H. Hutchins

Photosynthesis, Yield Loss, and Injury Guilds

Robert K.D. Peterson

The Influence of Cultivar and Plant Architecture on Yield Loss

Fikru J. Haile

Drought Stress, Insects, and Yield Loss

Fikru J. Haile

The Impact of Herbivory on Plants: Yield, Fitness, and Population Dynamics

Kevin J. Delaney and Tulio B. Macedo

Contrasting Plant Responses to Herbivory in Wild and Domesticated Habitats

Stephen C. Welter

Crop Disease and Yield Loss

Brian D. Olson

Quantifying Crop Yield Response to Weed Populations: Applications and Limitations

John L. Lindquist and Stevan Z. Knezevic

Mechanisms of Crop Loss Due to Weed Competition

John L. Lindquist


Subject Categories

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