As the sustainable agriculture movement has grown, there has been a dramatic increase in the production of horticultural crops in greenhouses worldwide. Although there are numerous publications associated with pest management in greenhouses, Greenhouse Pest Management is the first comprehensive book on managing greenhouse arthropod pests, particularly in commercial production systems.
The book contains the necessary information on major insects and mites, describing their biology and life cycle. Color images are included to help with identification and also to illustrate the damage these insects and mites can cause to greenhouse-grown horticultural crops. The book also assesses strategies for managing greenhouse pests, such as cultural, physical, and biological control as well as the use of pesticides, and describes how cultural practices and sanitation affect pest population dynamics.
Richly illustrated and presenting material in a concise and focused format, Greenhouse Pest Management is a vital book for professional growers and pest managers, researchers, crop consultants and advisors, hobbyists, students, and government agricultural extension agents. It provides a thorough source of textual and visual information for handling pests in greenhouses.
Table of Contents
Pillbugs and Sowbugs
Slugs and Snails
Twospotted Spider Mite
Western Flower Thrips
Cultural Control and Sanitation
Maximizing Pesticide Performance
Understanding Issues Associated with Pesticide Resistance
Multiple Pest Complexes
How to Implement a Biological Control Program
Biological Control Approaches
Types of Natural Enemies
Banker Plant System
Effect of Environmental Conditions on Natural Enemies
Effects of Plants on Natural Enemies
How to Successfully Release Natural Enemies
Pesticides and Natural Enemies
Issues Regarding the Use of Biological Control
Raymond A. Cloyd is a professor and extension specialist in horticultural entomology and plant protection in the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University, Manhattan. His research and extension program involves pest management in greenhouses, nurseries, landscapes, turfgrass, conservatories, interiorscapes, Christmas trees, and vegetables and fruits. He is the extension specialist in horticultural entomology for the state of Kansas with a major clientele that includes homeowners, master gardeners, and professional and commercial operators. He has published over 80 scientific refereed publications and over 600 trade journals on topics related to pest management/plant protection. He has also authored or coauthored numerous books, book chapters, manuals, picture or pocket guides, and extension-related publications. He has received numerous awards and is a frequent speaker at state, national, and international conferences and seminars.