Integrated Pest Management Concepts, Tactics, Strategies and Case Studies by Radcliffe and Hutchison

Bibliographic Information:
Title: Integrated Pest Management Concepts, Tactics, Strategies and Case Studies
Editor: Edward B. Radcliffe
William D. Hutchison
Rafael E. Cancelado
Edition: Illustrated
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Length: 549 pages
Size: 5.28 MB
Language: English

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has been
taught in the Department of Entomology at
the University of Minnesota since 1966. Over
the years, we’ve used many different textbooks
for this course, supplementing these with primary
references and more recently with web
resources. We’ve never lacked for quality information
resources to use in teaching our course, especially
so in recent years, but we’ve never felt satisfied
that any one textbook provided the breath
of coverage of all the IPM related topics we think
need to be included in a university-level course.
We recognized that our expectations might be
unrealistic since such broad coverage could make
for a book of such size and cost that it wouldn’t
be appropriate to adopt as a required textbook.
We attempted to overcome these challenges
by developing our own online textbook, Radcliffe’s
IPM World Textbook, Our
concept for creating this website was that we’d
solicit content from a cadre of internationally recognized
experts with the goal eventually of a comprehensive
online IPM resource having “chapters”
covering all aspects of IPM. Our primary objectives
in creating this website were to provide (1) a
venue for easily maintaining and updating “state
of the art” information from the world’s leading
experts on all aspects of IPM, and (2) a resource
economically deliverable anywhere in the world
that could be freely downloaded for use by students,
teachers and IPM practitioners. Since 1996,
we’ve used this resource, supplemented with an
electronic library of primary references and links
to other IPM websites, as the textbook for our
teaching of IPM. This website has achieved considerable
success and recognition, but coverage
of topics is still uneven, and we believe there
is still need for a comprehensive, printed IPM
In late 2005, Cambridge University Press Commissioning
Editor Jacqueline Garget suggested
that we consider submitting a proposal to the
Press for the development of a printed IPM textbook.
The concept we developed, and that we
believed would make for a book unique among its
peers, was that the new printed textbook and our
existing online textbook should be complementary
and cross-referenced. Our idea was that the
printed textbook would focus on theory, i.e., concepts
and guiding principles, and that it would
provide information of general application that
would not become quickly dated, whereas information
and specific examples that are more timesensitive
or situation-specific would be posted
online. Again, we proposed creating a multiauthored
textbook with the contributed chapters
following the outline of a typical IPM course. To
achieve that, we invited contributors to this book
to write their chapters in the style of a classroom
lecture. We asked that authors emphasize those
key concepts they would want to communicate
were they invited to present a guest lecture on
their chapter topic to an undergraduate/graduatelevel
IPM class. To keep this book to a reasonable
size, the chapters in this work are shorter
and generally contain fewer specifics and/or examples
than is typical of chapters in more traditionally
organized IPM textbooks. The complementary
online textbook allows us to make available
supplemental material including colored illustrations,
searchable lists, detailed case studies and
much more, all of which being online can be conveniently
updated as appropriate.
The terminology “Integrated Control” entered
the lexicon of economic entomology almost 50
years ago. The concepts of Integrated Control,
soon renamed Integrated Pest Management, were
quickly embraced by the scientific community and
officially accepted as the operative pest management
paradigm by most governments and international
organizations. Nevertheless, pesticide use
continues to grow and to be the tactic of primary
reliance for most pest management practitioners.
It is appropriate to ask why this is so, and
why IPM has not been more fully adopted. The
authors of this book have addressed many of the
constraints that have slowed IPM adoption, but
they also present convincing arguments that IPM
remains the most robust, ecologically sound and
socially desirable approach to addressing pest control
In summary, we hope that readers from many
perspectives will find this book interesting and
of practical value. Specifically, we trust that the
book, along with the complementary IPM World
Textbook website, will continue to be of value to students
and faculty as an IPM resource for advanced
undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in IPM,
and for courses that examine alternative IPM systems.
We also believe that the text will be useful to
IPM practitioners, extension and outreach specialists
and industry colleagues worldwide who have
responsibilities for implementing sustainable IPM
programs and policies. There is also much here
that should be of interest to an audience of those
concerned with a broad range of issues relating
to agriculture production and/or environmental

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