1st Edition

Sweet Potato Pest Management A Global Perspective

    Sweet potato, Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam., is the seventh most important food crop world-wide. Of all root and tuber crops, it is second in importance to the white potato, Solanum tuberosum L. Despite its importance globally, sweet potato pest management has not received the research attention it deserves. The present book draws on the work of resear

    Foreword -- Sweet Potato Pest Management: A Global Overview -- The Origin and Dispersal of the Pest Species of Cylas with a Key to the Pest Species Groups of the World -- Associations Between the Plant Family Convolvulaceae and Cylas Weevils -- Growth of Sweet Potato in Relation to Attack by Sweet Potato Weevils -- Sex Pheromone of Cylas formicarius: History and Implications of Chemistry in Weevil Management -- Use of Sex Pheromone for Monitoring and Managing Cylas formicarius -- Integrated Control of Cylas formicarius -- Spatial Patterns of Cylas formicarius in Sweet Potato Fields and Development of a Sampling Plan -- Biological Control of Cylas spp -- Potential Use of Agrobacterium-Mediated Gene Transfer to Confer Insect Resistance in Sweet Potato -- Oviposition Stimulant for Cylas formicarius in Sweet Potato: Isolation, Identification, and Development of Analytical Screening Method -- Volatile Chemicals from Sweet Potato and Other Ipomoea: Effects on the Behavior of Cylas formicarius -- Quarantine Programs for Cylas formicarius in the United States -- Biology and Management of the West Indian Sweet Potato Weevil, Euscepes postfasciatus -- Approaches to the Control of Multiple Insect Problems in Sweet Potato in the Southern United States -- Biology and Management of Wireworms on Sweet Potato -- Vine Borers of Sweet Potato -- Management of Insect Vectors of Viruses Infecting Sweet Potato -- Biology and Management of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes on Sweet Potato -- Breeding Sweet Potato for Insect Resistance: A Global Overview -- Breeding Sweet Potato For Weevil Resistance: Future Outlook -- Sweet Potato Pest Management: A Social Science Perspective -- Sweet Potato Pest Management: Future Outlook


    Richard K. Jansson is an associate professor of entomology at the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead. Kandukuri V. Raman is a senior scientist in entomology, project leader in pest management, and acting chairman of the Entomology and Hematology Department at the International Potato Center, Lima, Peru.