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By R. L. Doutt, Ray F. Smith (auth.), C. B. Huffaker (eds.)

The explosive elevate within the world's human inhabitants, with conse­ quent have to feed an ever-increasing variety of hungry mouths, and the mostly resultant disturbances and pollutants of our surroundings within which guy needs to stay and bring the issues he wishes, are forcing him to go looking for technique of fixing the 1st challenge with no intensifying the latter. foodstuff construction calls for sufficient coverage opposed to the ravages of bugs. within the final 3 a long time short-sighted, unilateral and nearly particular employment of synthesized chemical compounds for insect pest keep an eye on has posed a major and as but unfathomed contribution to the degradation of the environment, whereas our insect pest difficulties appear more than ever. accurately seen, pest keep watch over is essentially a question of utilized ecology, but its perform has lengthy been performed with little regard to genuine necessity for keep an eye on, and at times, with little regard to numerous unsafe side-effects or long term virtue with recognize, even, to the explicit crop itself. This ebook offers essentially with those questions. the improvement of pesticide resistance in lots of of the objective species, opposed to which the insecticides are directed, has occasioned an ever-increasing load of functions and complexes of alternative forms of hugely poisonous fabrics. This has been made much more "necessary" because the destruction of traditional enemies has resulted, as a facet impression, within the upward thrust to pest prestige of many species that have been previously harmless. the applying of broad-spec­ trum insecticides therefore has many critical and self-defeating features.

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Moreover, the host population may vary in its susceptibility to disease and this may be of more fundamental importance than the changes in the virulence of the pathogen (Webster, 1946). Most studies on survival capacities of pathogens relate to laboratory conditions; studies on survival in natural habitats have customarily been limited to short-term studies-not long enough to ascertain if the period of survival or persistence in the virtual absence of hosts is related to the periodism often observed in periodic outbreaks!

S. MESSENGER, AND PAUL DEBACH manipulated biological control are embraced. The Kinds of Natural Enemies Both adults and young of many predatory species feed on the same prey species. In general, a number of prey individuals are required for a young predator to complete its development. , Hagen, 1950; Doutt, 1964). Both immature and adult predators must search for their prey and commonly there is not the close synchronization in physiological and life-history relationships found to be true relative to the parasites (parasitoids) and their hosts.

The developing larvae devour the host and a single individual suffices for complete development of one or more parasites. These relationships and others pose interesting questions regarding the merits of predators versus parasites as biological control agents. Doutt and DeBach (1964) discussed this question and the related questions of degree of host specificity and powers of prey consumption. Huffaker et al. (1969) considered the latter points relative to control of tetranychid mites by predators.

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