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Book Review: Biological Control of Insect Pests in Forested Ecosystems:

A Manual for Forester, Christmas Tree Growers and Landscapers

Biological control has been used in the United States since the late 1800's. However, the lack of understandable information is one reason biological control has not been a viable pest management alternative. "Biological Control of Insect Pests in Forested Ecosystems: A Manual for Foresters, Christmas Tree Growers and Landscapers", by McCullough, D. G., Katovich, S. A., Mahr, D. L., Neumann, D. D., Sadof, D. S., and Raupp, M. J., is a valuable source of information for anybody interested in biological control in forested ecosystems.

Published by the Michigan State University Extension, this book presents the theory and practice of biological control in forested ecosystems in three parts. The first part covers the whys and hows of biological control. It defines biological control and its goals, the pros and cons of using it in pest management, and what organisms to use and how to use them in biological control. It is understandable and informative, with key words and concepts concisely explained.

The second part is beautifully illustrated with large, colorful photographs of biological control organisms, and the pests they attack. There are also several photographs that clearly show common pest insects after attack or infection by biological control agents. This section describes important orders and families of organisms used for biological control, the insect pests they attack, and their usefulness and practicality as biological control agents.

The last part of this book deals with the implementation of biological control. One chapter describes the basic strategies on implementation, and three chapters are dedicated to implementation in three specific forested ecosystems: relatively unmanaged forest ecosystems, Christmas tree plantations, and urban forest ecosystems. Each chapter discusses the pests of each ecosystem and possible biological control organisms, the different strategies of biological control, the practicality and effectiveness of implementing these strategies.

All chapters are loaded with large, color photographs of forest pests and the damage they cause, and the biological control agents that attack them.

This book is a well written, informative overview of biological control in forested ecosystems that would be helpful and interesting to anybody with an interest in control of pests in these ecosystems. The information in the book is basic enough for someone just getting started in biological control, but it is also packed with information, photographs, and other resources that would help people already knowledgeable in the field.

You can order a copy of this publication by calling (517) 355-0204 for a single copy or (517) 353-6740 for bulk orders. You can also FAX your order to (517) 353-7168 or write to MSU Bulletin Office, 10-B Agriculture Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1039. Ask for extension bulletin E-2679.

- Jaimie S. Powell, Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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