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Advances in understanding insect pests affecting wheat and other cereals


Dr Sanford Eigenbrode is University Distinguished Professor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho, USA. A Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, Professor Eigenbrode is internationally known for his research on the chemical ecology of insect-plant interactions, particularly in the context of climate change and for his work on vector-borne plant pathogens. He has been involved in a number of regional projects on mitigating the effects of climate change on key crops. Dr Arash Rashed is Associate Professor in Ecological Entomology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho, USA. He is well known as an expert in insect behavioural ecology, vector-born plant pathogen complexes and integrated pest management. He is Principal Investigator at the East Idaho Entomology Laboratory and has made a significant contribution to understanding and combatting regionally-important pests such as wireworm.



Publication date:

Q1 2023

Length of book:

440 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801461139

Hardback - £150.00
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Insect pests remain a significant threat to cereal production due to the direct damage they can cause to crops, but also due to their ability to act as vectors of wheat pathogens, particularly plant viruses.With growing concerns surrounding the impact of climate change on both native and invasive pest invasions, coupled with the rising threat of global food insecurity, more research is required to understand the major insect pests of cereals, including how best to control and monitor them.

Advances in understanding insect pests affecting wheat and other cereals provides a comprehensive review of the wealth of research that addresses this challenge. This collection discusses the major insect pests affecting key cereal crops, such as wheat. Each chapter covers the most recent developments in fundamental and applied research on major pests, such as the Russian wheat aphid, Hessian fly and wheat curl mite, and shows how better understanding of these pests can be used to improve integrated pest management (IPM) strategies.

Key features

  • Addresses the wealth of research on understanding, managing and monitoring major insect pests affecting cereal crops 
  • Considers emerging issues facing cereal production, including the arrival of invasive species as a result of climate change 
  • Explores key advances in understanding plant-insect interactions in infestations of wheat and other cereals

Table of contents

Part 1 Aphid pests
1.Russian wheat aphid (Diuraphis noxia): overview: Vicky Tolmay, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa;
2.Greenbug (Schizaphis graminum): overview: Tom Royer, Oklahoma State University, USA;
3.Greenbug (Schizaphis graminum): plant-insect interactions: Leonardo Crespo-Herrera, CIMMYT, Mexico;
4.Fescue aphid (Metopolophium festucae): Sanford Eigenbrode, University of Idaho, USA;
5.English grain aphid (Sitobion avenae): Deguang Liu, State Key Laboratory of Crop Stress Biology for Arid Areas - Northwest A&F University, China;

Part 2 Gall midges
6.Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor): plant-pathogen interactions: Subhashree Subramanyam, USDA-ARS, USA;
7.Orange Blossom wheat midge (Sitodiplosis mosellana): Gadi Reddy, USDA-ARS, USA;
8.Wheat curl mite (Aceria tulipae): Gary Hein, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA;

Part 3 Other pests
9.Wheat stem sawfly (Cephus cinctus): David Weaver, Montana State University, USA;
10.Cereal leaf beetle (Oulema melanopus): Ted Evans, Utah State University, USA;
11.Wireworms (Elateridae): Arash Rashed, University of Idaho, USA;
12.Grasshoppers: Robert Srygley, USDA-ARS, USA;

Part 4 Emerging issues
13.Newly invasive insect pests of wheat: Michael Brewer, Texas A&M University, USA;
14.Biotechnology for wheat crop protection: potential and challenges: Ann-Marie Botha, Stellenbosch University , South Africa;
15.On-line decision support systems, remote sensing and AI applications for wheat pests: Daniel Leybourne, ADAS, UK;