Pest Management in Agriculture is one of several Handbooks in the CRC Series on Agriculture. The current revision of this particular handbook is most timely because new and revised information contained therein is applicable to the viability of modem agricultural production systems. The development of productive agricultural practices based on advances in both public and private research have contributed much to the enhancement of world food supplies. The complexity of agricultural ecosystems are such however that research is a never ending task in protecting the human food supply from severe losses attributable to weeds pest insects and plant and animal diseases and parasites. In addition to pest resistant cultivars agriculturists have long relied on a variety of practices to either control or reduce damage caused by destructive pests. These include the impose In of quarantines various cultural practices sanitation biological control and beginning for the most part in the twentieth century the use of chemical pesticides. This book examines in depth what has been identified as one of the critical issues in modem agriculture.
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