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1st Edition

Biotic Stress and Yield Loss

ISBN 9780849311451
Published December 28, 2000 by CRC Press
276 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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

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"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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