Mass Production of Beneficial Organisms, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0123914159
  • ISBN-13: 9780123914156
  • DDC: 632.96
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 764 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Mass Production of Beneficial Organisms: Invertebrates and Entomopathogens is an essential reference and teaching tool for researchers in developed and developing countries working to produce "natural enemies" in biological control and integrated pest management programs. As we become aware of the negative impact of pesticides in human health and on the environment, interest is rapidly increasing in developing biological pest control alternatives. Tremendous advances have been made in beneficial organism technology, such as insect predators and parasitoids, mite predators, entomopathogenic nematodes, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. However, developing techniques to mass produce these biological control agents is not enough if the cost of commercialization is prohibitive. Advancing mass production to the level of economic feasibility is critical, so these new technologies can compete in the open market. This book educates academic and industry researchers, and enables further development of mass production so new technologies can compete in the open market. It is also an excellent resource for those researching beneficial arthropod mass production and technologies for other uses, including for study and application in biotechnology and biomedical research.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Section I.
2: Introduction.
3: Production of Coleopteran Predators.
4: Production of Heteropteran Predators.
5: Production of Dipteran Parasitoids.
6: Mass Rearing Bemisia Parasitoids for Support of Classical and Augmentative Biological Control Programs.
7: Mass Rearing of the Stem-Galling Wasp Tetramesa romana, a Biological Control Agent of the Invasive Weed Arundo donax.
8: Artificial Diet Development for Entomophagous Arthropods.
9: Life Tables as Tools of Evaluation and Quality Control for Arthropod Mass Production.
10: Concepts and Methods of Quality Assurance for Mass-Reared Parasitoids and Predators.
11: Section II.
12: Production of Entomopathogenic Nematodes.
13: Mass Production of Entomopathogenic Fungi: State of the Art.
14: Commercial Production of Entomopathogenic Bacteria.
15: Production of Entomopathogenic Viruses.
16: Formulations of Entomopathogens as Bioinsecticides.
17: Mass Production of Entomopathogens in Less Industrialized Countries.
18: Section III.
19: Insect Protein as a Partial Replacement for Fishmeal in the Diets of Juvenile Fish and Crustaceans.
20: Insects as Food for Insectivores.
21: Insects for Human Consumption.
22: Production of Solitary Bees for Pollination in the United States.
23: Current and Potential Benefits of Mass Earthworm Culture.