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CTA. 1986. Controlling pests. Spore 5. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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An Introduction to Insect Pests and their Control by Peter D. Stilling, [booklet] Macmillan, 1985.
Over a third of the potential worldwide crop yield is destroyed every year by pests, and crop losses are particularly high in the developing countries. Yet although insect control is vital, in practice it is complex. In fact only a small fraction of the world's insects are pests, and many more are actually beneficial to the farmer; so control should, as far as possible, be selective. Furthermore, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between damage caused by insects and by nematodes, and so it is not so easy to decide whether or not an insecticide is indicated. This clear and concise booklet sets out the basic principles of insect control in both tropical and temperate conditions. It contains detailed sections on insect morphology and biological control, reviews the principle pesticides in current use, and provides crop-and country-specific examples of integrated pest control management. The book is intended as a textbook both for the general student of biology and for those on agriculture courses. An Introduction to Insect Pests and their Control by Peter D. Stilling, Macmillan, 1985.