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IPM Journal: Monitoring the Field of Pest Management

The IPM Practitioner is a journal devoted to management alternatives for all pests (not just insects, but also weeds, plant pathogens, and other pests). Each issue contains an in-depth "Update" article about some facet of IPM. These articles range from about 6 to 12 pages in length, and contain numerous references. Some recent articles relating to insect control include Neem Tree Pesticides Protect Ornamental Plants (October 1994), Future Directions for Nematodes in Biological Control (April 1994), and Fighting Insects with Living Mulches (October 1993). Other sections are "Conference Notes", compilations of recent research presented as talks or posters at scientific meetings; "Journal Highlights", condensations of recent articles in scientific journals; "Pest Management Library", reviews of both new and classic books, extension bulletins, etc. in a variety of subjects related to agriculture and pest management; and "Reader's Column", a forum for discussing possible solutions to readers' questions/problems. The articles are clearly written without a lot of scientific jargon. There are plenty of line drawings and other illustrations throughout, as well as some advertising for products and services related to IPM.

The November/December issue is a directory of products, services, and beneficial organisms for pest control, divided into sections for management of insects, plant diseases, vertebrates, and weeds.

The IPM Practitioner is published 10 times per year by the Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC), a non-profit corporation undertaking research and education in integrated pest management, and is included with BIRC membership. Various membership categories are available. Write to

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New Iowa State Extension Bulletin on Beneficial Insects

Beneficial Insects in Field Crops by Wendy Wintersteen and Marlin Rice is a recent publication of Iowa State University Extension. The four page bulletin highlights many beneficial insects commonly found in corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and other crops in the Midwest. Eighteen color photos show various stages of the insects and text describes their activites and which pest insects they attack. Request ISU Extension publication IPM-34.


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