Abrol, D. P. [ed.]. 2014. Integrated Pest Management: Current Concepts and Ecological Perspective

John L. Capinera

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Abrol, D. P. [ed.]. 2014. Integrated Pest Management: Current Concepts and Ecological Perspective. Academic Press, San Diego, California, 561 pp. ISBN 978-0-12-398529-3, US$99.95 (hardback)

The integrated pest management (IPM) concept is interpreted in various ways, but it usually means the application of different pest management tactics simultaneously or sequentially, and quite often emphasizes population sampling, and decision-making based on economic projections. This book provides little of these traditional approaches. Instead, the authors mostly treat individual tactics, with only a small number of chapters (e.g., management of mites, or of rodents) discussing the potential of using multiple tactics. Similarly, with the exception of population forecasting models and use of pheromones, pest population sampling/monitoring and the economics of pest management are notably absent. In the ‘Preface’, the editor described the contents as “chapters on diverse aspects of integrated pest management,” and he certainly delivered on this promise. So although this book did not meet my expectations, it contains some valuable contributions.

 

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