The encyclopaedia provides information on the identification, risk factors, life cycle, monitoring, control thresholds, non-chemical control and insecticide resistance (where known) of major and minor pests commonly associated with cropping systems.
The Encyclopaedia of pests and natural enemies in field crops details both the major and minor pests commonly associated with cropping rotations.
The landmark publication is the result of collaboration between AHDB’s crop sectors – cereals and oilseeds, horticulture and potatoes – respected crop entomologists and a host of other leading organisations, including PGRO.
The heavily illustrated publication covers hundreds of crop pests (including beetles, bugs, aphids, flies, moths, butterflies and nematodes) known to affect one or more of the following crops – cereals, oilseeds, vegetable brassicas, potatoes, carrots, alliums, peas, field beans, sugar beet and lettuce.
For each pest, the latest information on the importance of the pest to cropping is presented as well as information on identification, risk factors, life cycle, monitoring, control thresholds, non-chemical control and insecticide-resistance status (where known).
Managing pests while encouraging and supporting beneficial insects is seen as a key part of IPM and the publication has an entire section dedicated to natural pest enemies.
The section, which contains descriptions and images of natural enemies, describes ways to farm to help promote a balance between pests and their predators.
Integrated pest management
Integrated pest management (IPM) considers all measures that discourage the development of populations of harmful organisms. IPM keeps the use of plant protection products and other forms of intervention to levels that are economically and ecologically justified, and reduce or minimise risks to human health and the environment.