Agricultural Acarology Introduction to Integrated Mite Management by Marjorie A. Hoy :: Many biologists are intimidated by the thought of working with mites or ticks, in part because they are so small relative to insects that they require specialized monitoring and handling methods. Furthermore, identifying mites can be a daunting task, requiring specialized clearing and slidemounting methods, new terminology, and complex keys. Unfortunately, compared to insects, mites have relatively few morphological traits that allow easy identification; mites lack antennae, wings, and other easy-to-see morphological traits for discriminating among families, genera, and species. Yet, the ability to work with pest mites in agriculture is essential, although it is becoming increasingly difficult because fewer and fewer courses in acarology are being taught in universities, and fewer and fewer taxonomists are available to assist in mite identifications.
The goal of this book is to provide pest-control workers and students with the tools to manage mite pests of agriculture using the concepts of integrated pest management (IPM), so mite management becomes an integrated effort rather than one based largely on chemical control. Another goal is to emphasize how knowing the biology, ecology, and behavior of pest and beneficial mites (and some beneficial insects) in agricultural systems will allow IPM-based methods to be developed. An emphasis is placed on using biological control and other management tools that are compatible with biological control whenever possible.
Agricultural Acarology Introduction to Integrated Mite Management by Marjorie A. Hoy
|Title:||Agricultural Acarology Introduction to Integrated Mite Management|
|Editor:||Marjorie A. Hoy|