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Handbook of vegetable pests
Capinera, John L.
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Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Academic Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xviii, 729 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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SB608.V4 C243 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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To manage and minimize the adverse impacts of vegetable pests, it is important to identify exactly which pests are afflicting crops. This work provides identification guides, descriptions of pest life history, and pest management recommendations. Illustrated with line drawings, it also includes color plates for insect pest identification.

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Vegetables constitute a diverse array of dozens of commodities. Each vegetable has a pest complex containing monophagous as well as polyphagous species, collectively resulting in hundreds of pests for vegetables as a whole. Characterizing these vegetable pests in a clear and useful way is a prodigious task. Capinera (Univ. of Florida) briefly reviews vegetables, pests, and pest complexes by commodity, and then provides a minireview of each pest, detailing the natural history, damage, and management in a large section organized taxonomically by order and family. Keys and color plates aid identification, and the 3,000 or more references and index are useful. This is the best resource available on vegetable pests for the scholar or producer designing or conducting a management program. Essential details on pest host range, distribution, generation time, overwintering stage, etc., are accompanied by insights unique to particular pests: cannibalistic Mormon crickets becoming roadway hazards as walking bands increasingly pause to feast on road kill, and banded wooly bear larval coloration foretelling weather. Sampling, monitoring, damage, natural enemies, host plant resistance, and other well-referenced information allow detailed overviews and easy access to other work on the 300-plus pests addressed. Highly recommended. All levels. M. K. Harris Texas A&M University