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Advances in monitoring of native and invasive insect pests of crops


Dr Michelle Fountain is Head of Pest and Pathogen Ecology at the world-famous NIAB East Malling (formerly East Malling Research), UK. She is internationally renowned for her research on integrated insect pest management (IPM) and insect pollination in fruit horticulture. Dr Fountain is co-editor of Integrated management of diseases and pests of tree fruit, published by Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing in 2019.

Dr Tom Pope is Reader in Entomology and Integrated Pest Management at Harper Adams University, a leading agricultural university in the UK. A fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, Dr Pope is a globally recognised expert in tracking and understanding the behaviour of insect and other pests as well as in the design and implementation of IPM programmes.



Publication date:

25 April 2023

Length of book:

394 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801461078

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Insect pests remain a major threat to crop production primarily because of their ability to inflict severe damage on crop yields, as well as their role as key vectors of disease. Early identification of pests is critical to the success of integrated pest management (IPM) programmes and essential for the development of phytosanitary/quarantine regimes to prevent the introduction of invasive insect pests to new environments.

Advances in monitoring of native and invasive insect pests of crops reviews the wealth of research on techniques to monitor and thus prevent threats from both native and invasive insect pests. The book considers recent advances in areas such as sampling, identifying and modelling pest populations.

With its considered approach, the book explores current best practices for the detection, identification and modelling of native and invasive insect pests of crops. The contributors offer farmers informed advice on how to mitigate a growing problem which has been exacerbated as a result of climate change.

What others are saying...

"Crop pests are a major and constantly changing threat to sustainable agriculture. Leaders in the field of Integrated Pest Management, Dr Michelle Fountain and Dr Tom Pope, have compiled this timely book on the subject of monitoring crop pests, bringing together the latest developments in this area. Knowing your enemy – through monitoring – is important in planning control interventions and serves as a foundation for effective and appropriate pest management. The book is timely due to increasing challenges with the spread of invasive pests and pesticide resistant biotypes as well as the expansion in pest distributions caused by climate change." (Professor Toby Bruce, Keele University, UK)

“Detection methodologies and monitoring schemes provide qualitative and quantitative information on potential pests and natural enemies critical to sustaining and enhancing landscapes, be they agricultural or natural. Literature is rife with sampling procedures for sizing up pest problems; few however focus on what each technique detects and measures nor its genuine utility. Advances in monitoring of native and invasive insect pests of crops, edited by Dr Michelle Fountain and Dr Tom Pope, addresses these very concerns in a comprehensive manner. This book is a gem you will want within easy reach because it provides detailed information on the detection and monitoring methods that lead to effective solutions.” (Emeritus Professor Michael E. Irwin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and Adjunct Scientist, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA)

"Monitoring has an essential role in the management of the native and invasive species of insect that infest crops. New techniques and tools are being developed all the time and there is considerable potential for them to be adopted widely and adapted, if shown to be effective for one or more pests. This book is a timely review of the approaches that are being used, or are under development, throughout the world and will be of great value to practitioners, the research community and to those learning about pest insect management." (Professor Rosemary Collier, University of Warwick, UK)

Table of contents

Part 1 Detection

  • 1. Advances in techniques for trapping crop insect pests: Archie K. Murchie, Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, UK;
  • 2. Advances and challenges in monitoring insect pests of major field crops in the United States: Erin W. Hodgson and Ashley N. Dean, Iowa State University, USA; Anders Huseth, North Carolina State University, USA; and William D. Hutchison, University of Minnesota, USA;
  • 3. Quantifying captures from insect pest trap networks: Nicholas C. Manoukis, USDA-ARS, USA;
  • 4. Developments in crop insect pest detection techniques: Richard W. Mankin, USDA-ARS, USA;
  • 5. Monitoring airborne movement of crop insect pests and beneficials: V. Alistair Drake, University of Canberra and University of New South Wales, Australia;

Part 2 Identification, modelling and risk assessment

  • 6. Advances in image-based identification and analysis of crop insect pests: Daniel Guyer, Michigan State University, USA; and Charles Whitfield, NIAB, UK;
  • 7. Advances in insect pest monitoring using pest population growth and geospatial data for pest risk assessment: Michael J. Brewer, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA; Isaac L. Esquivel, North Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida, USA; and John W.Gordy, Syngenta Crop Protection, USA;
  • 8. Advances in pest risk assessment techniques focusing on invertebrate pests of European outdoor crops: Mark W. Ramsden, Samuel Telling, Daniel J. Leybourne, Natasha Alonso and Sacha White, RSK ADAS Ltd, UK; and Nikos Georgantzis, Burgundy School of Business, France;

Part 3 Invasive species

  • 9. Assessing the potential economic impact of invasive plant pests: Monique Mourits and Alfons Oude Lansink, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
  • 10. Developing effective phytosanitary measures to prevent the introduction of invasive insect pests: Alan MacLeod and Dominic Eyre, DEFRA, UK;
  • 11. Mitigating invasive insect species: eradication, long-term management, and the importance of sampling and monitoring: Amy Morey, University of Minnesota, USA; and Robert Venette, USDA Forest Service, USA;