Relationships of natural enemies and non-prey foods /

Saved in:
Bibliographic Details
Author / Creator:Lundgren, Jonathan G.
Imprint:[Dordrecht] : Springer, c2009.
Description:1 online resource (xxxv, 453 p.) : ill.
Series:Progress in biological control ; 7
Progress in biological control ; 7.
Subject:Pests -- Biological control.
Weeds -- Biological control.
Biological pest control agents.
Biological pest control agents.
Pests -- Biological control.
Weeds -- Biological control.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:
Hidden Bibliographic Details
9781402092343 (Cloth)
1402092342 (Cloth)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
Other form:Print version: Lundgren, Jonathan G. Relationships of natural enemies and non-prey foods. [Dordrecht] : Springer, c2009 9781402092343 1402092342
Review by Choice Review

Natural enemies are an essential component in developing strategies for sustainable delivery of integrated pest management (IPM) programs to conserve human-valued resources. This work focuses on the role of non-prey nutritional resources with the worthy goal of improving the understanding and use of natural enemies. Lundgren (USDA Agricultural Research Service) presents the nature and importance of glucophagy, pollinivory, granivory, and mycophagy to natural enemies, followed by an extensive discussion of applications, including diet supplementation strategies, compatibility with genetically modified plants, and biological control of weed seeds. This work organizes and synthesizes a wide range of literature that identifies knowledge gaps and suggests new approaches to improve effectiveness of natural enemies. Non-prey food resources of very successful biological control efforts, like vedalia, were not discussed; perhaps they have not been studied, although such knowledge may also aid in understanding the complex processes involved. Successful biological control relies on maintaining pest density at a noneconomic level. Better utilization of non-prey resources may result in raising the carrying capacity of the environment such that natural enemies can be better positioned to delay or prevent pests from reaching damaging levels. This book will aid in achieving that goal. Includes taxonomic and subject indexes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. M. K. Harris Texas A&M University

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
Review by Choice Review