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Sustainable Management Strategies
"Insects and related arthropods have made extensive use of Earth's natural resources for millions of years. The advent of agriculture some 10,000 years ago, followed by the increase in human densities and growth of urban environs, created a new and dynamic natural resource for their adaptations. Bed bugs, termites, ants, flies, mosquitoes, fleas, lice, and many others have suddenly found humans and the spaces they construct available for their adaptation and use. Here, insect science experts contribute 15 chapters grouped by pest type of technological approach to address problem identification and provide management strategies. Bed bugs, termites, and mosquitoes, for example, have been studied extensively, and there are specific protocols that will likely succeed. Less is known about timber pest beetles, which often leaves their managements to a trial-and-error approach. Recent work in molecular science and in renewed studies of plants with pest control properties provides a wealth of new information that should translate into better ways to solve urban insect problems. The book also makes a convincing case for the need to devise expert networks to diagnose and deliver holistic management strategies resulting in sustainability solutions for urban insect problems. Prophylactic control with pesticides is unsustainable, and this volume provides new and better directions for future management. Summing Up: Recommended"
"The changing climate of the globe has significant implications for the ecology of organisms that inhabit Earth's biomes. One pressing question is how nonnative and invasive species will respond to these changes. If invasive organisms are generally going to be favored in new climates and environmental conditions, then governments and land managers in many areas will need to develop management plans to avoid the worst of the impacts. In this new book, editors Ziska (USDA) and Dukes (Purdue Univ.) have assembled an international group of experts to analyze the topic from different angles. The 20 chapters are divided into four sections that review the problem, present case studies to highlight key topics, discuss detection and prevention approaches for managers, and present control and adaptation strategies for managers. The wide range of organisms and topics covered is appropriate for this important and complex issue. The book will be a valuable resource for students, faculty, land managers, and policy makers."
R. B. Pratt, California State University--Bakersfield
"Agriculture is susceptible to climate change and to ensure food, feed, and fiber production for future generations will require effective adaptation strategies. Fuhrer (Agroscope Research, Switzerland) and Gregory (Univ. of Reading, UK) have assembled an international group of authors to discuss crop and livestock production systems and their response to a changing climate and to address the limitations to adaptation practices in rain-fed and irrigated agricultural systems. A key component of this volume is the in-depth treatment of climate variation and its effect on agricultural production and the potential requirements to produce food to feed the global population. The book provides useful discussions of agroecosystems in various parts of the world (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Americas). It also covers the requirements for land management for multiple ecosystem services-critical for linking production goals with societal goals. This volume provides a solid foundation for the discussion of climate resilience in agricultural systems and the requirements to keep improving agricultural production."
J. L. Hatfield, USDA-Agricultural Research Service
"Observe, test, learn, adapt: a culture of empiricism may be what we most need to grow in our gardens and food systems--the front lines of humanity's survival in a changing climate. This book is a resource for communities to take charge of their gardening through experimentation, and for scientists to adjust their practices towards transparency and mutual respect. The readable concepts and examples provided show how to equitably partner across formal science and informal garden institutions, and collaborate to produce and use diverse knowledge--essential for improving our individual and collective capacity to change."
Liz Barry, Director of Community Development