An introduction to arthropod pest control /

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Author / Creator:Thacker, J. R. M. (Jonathan Richard MacDougall), 1962-
Imprint:Cambridge New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Description:xiv, 343 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:052156106X (hbk.)
0521567874 (pbk.)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Thacker (Univ. of Paisley, Scotland) offers an initial chapter with the obligatory history of pest control; thereafter, each chapter addresses pest control techniques. Botanical insecticides, synthetics formulation/application, biocontrol, microbes, pheromones, insect growth regulators, genetic manipulation of pests, host plant resistance, cultural practices, integrated pest management, and biotechnology are addressed. Figures, lists, and tables highlight information. Color plates of pests are provided along with a glossary and indexes. Examples are chosen from throughout the world to illustrate techniques, providing an international flavor. Somewhat troublesome is the author's decision "not to cite every single article or book that [he] had used"; noting that he has "yet to meet anyone who truly uses the extensive referencing" provided in many books. Sufficient citation does appear to be provided, however, to avoid a charge of plagiarism or even slovenly scholarship. The tools and techniques of arthropod pest control are discussed bit by bit, and presumably practitioners are expected to arrange them into a system of pest control. The book successfully consolidates information from diverse sources for student use. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. M. K. Harris Texas A&M University

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