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Jervis's Insects as Natural Enemies: Practical Perspectives

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  • There is no similar book, except for the previous editions, which this third edition replaces
  • This is fully revised, with contributions from new authors and an entirely new biostatistics chapter
  • Many young researchers will benefit greatly from this edition, as they did from earlier versions

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There has been a dramatic increase in theoretical and practical studies on insect natural enemies over the last decades. The appeal of insect predators and, in particular, parasitoids, as research animals derives from the relative ease with which many species may be cultured and experimented on in the laboratory, the simple life-cycles of most parasitoid species, and the increasing demand for biological pest control as a key component of the integrated pest management approach.

There is now a very substantial literature on insect natural enemies and thus a great need for a general text that enquiring students or research workers can use in deciding on approaches and techniques that are appropriate to the study and evaluation of such insects. This book fulfils that demand. It is a considerably updated and expanded version of a previous best-seller and provides an account of major aspects of the biology of predators and parasitoids, punctuated with information and advice onwhich experiments or observations to conduct and, importantly, how to carry them out. Guidance is provided, where necessary, on the most recent further literature that may need to be consulted on given topics.

While researchers can now refer to several books on parasitoids and predators, Jervis’s Insects as Natural Enemies is unique in emphasising practicalities. It is aimed at students and professionals working in universities and both government and commercial institutes in the fields of integrated pest management, agriculture, horticulture and forestry, as well as those interested in fundamentals of behavioural, population, community and evolutionary ecology.


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

    Ian C.W. Hardy

  • INRAE and INRIA, Sophia Antipolis Cedex, France

    Eric Wajnberg

About the editors

Ian C.W. Hardy, PhD, University of Finland, Helsinki, is an evolutionary ecologist specializing in the behavioural, reproductive and population biology of parasitoid wasps. His work spans fundamental and applied questions, including biological control and integrated pest management.

Eric Wajnberg, PhD, INRAE, Sophia Antipolis, France, is a population biologist specializing in population genetics, behavioural ecology and statistical modelling. Over thirty years he has used experiments and theory to understand the foraging mechanisms of insect parasitoids. He is also an expert in biological pest control.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Jervis's Insects as Natural Enemies: Practical Perspectives

  • Editors: Ian C.W. Hardy, Eric Wajnberg

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-23879-6Published: 10 November 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-23882-6Due: 11 December 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-23880-2Published: 09 November 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 770

  • Number of Illustrations: 230 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Entomology, Ecology, Plant Pathology

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