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Description - Lacewings in the Crop Environment by P. K. McEwen

Lacewings are predatory insects which attack and kill large numbers of insect pests. Lacewings in the Crop Environment addresses both the theoretical and practical aspects of lacewing biology and their use in crop protection. The book opens with a section on lacewing systematics and ecology. Next, lacewings as predators in a wide variety of commercially important crops are reviewed and this is followed by a section on the principles of using lacewings in pest control. The possible impact of genetically modified crops on lacewing populations is also discussed. Finally, a fascinating array of case studies of lacewing use in many crops from around the world is presented, and future uses of lacewings speculated upon. Lacewings in the Crop Environment is an essential reference work and practical handbook for students, researchers of biological control, integrated pest management and agricultural science, and for field workers using lacewings in pest management programmes worldwide.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521037297
ISBN-10: 0521037298
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 174mm x 30mm)
Pages: 568
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - P. K. McEwen

Andrew Whittington is an entomologist specialised in the identification and naming of insects, most particularly, but not exclusively, dealing with flies (Diptera). He has more than a dozen year's experience as a fly taxonomist, has written approximately 50 scientific papers and described and named more than 60 new species. Andrew has collected extensively in the field, in countries as widespread as Finland, Germany, Hungary, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Scotland, South Africa, Swaziland and Switzerland. During the course of research, he has examined thousands of specimens from all over the world, mainly in the orders (in decreasing magnitude) Diptera, Coleoptera, Neuroptera, Plecoptera, Odonata, Hemiptera, Mecoptera and Hymenoptera. The breadth of knowledge obtained during this broad range of research has been applied previously to forensic, medical, public health and environmental work in South Africa. It has now developed into an insect identification service in Scotland for ecological and environmental contracts for SAC, MLURI, SNH and SWT as well as Public Health assessments for Fife and Edinburgh Councils, Fyffes, The Medicines Testing Laboratories, United Distillers & Vintners and GM Pests. Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and Honorary Fellow of the School of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, College of Medicine and Veterinary Science, University of Edinburgh and is affiliated with Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD).

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Lacewings in the Crop Environment by P. K. McEwen
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