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Forest Entomology: A Global Perspective

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3314-5
416 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Insects are the most abundant and diverse organisms that inhabit our planet and are found in all the world’s forest ecosystems.  Many feed and/or breed on parts of trees.  Some perform important functions, such as pollination or break-down of dead vegetation.  Others weaken, deform or kill trees, and compete with humans for the many goods and services that trees and forests provide.  Forest Entomology: A Global Perspective examines forest insects in a global context and reviews their dynamics, interactions with humans and methods for monitoring and management of species that damage forests.  Also provided are 235 profiles of forest insects, worldwide.  A series of tables provides summaries of the distribution and hosts of many more species. Included are those that damage forests, others that are simply curiosities and some that are beneficial. This book is designed as a reference for students, practicing foresters and forest health specialists, especially for those who work internationally or are concerned with species that have the potential to expand their ranges via international trade, travel or environmental changes.
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Table of Contents



1 The World’s Forests and Their Dynamics

2 Forest Insect Dynamics

3 Forest Insect and Human Interactions

4 Monitoring Forest Insects, Their Damage and Damage Potential

5 Management of Forest Insect Pests

6 Forest Insect Orders and Families

7 Foliage Feeding Insects – Lepidoptera

8 Other Foliage Feeding Insects

9 Bark and Ambrosia Beetles

10 Large Cambium and Wood Boring Insects

11 Sucking Insects

12 Gall Insects

13 Tip, Shoot and Regeneration Insects

14 Insects of Tree Reproductive Structures

15 Insects of Wood in Use

References Cited


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Author Information

William M. Ciesla studied forestry and forest entomology at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  He is a forest health specialist and has held positions with USDA Forest Service, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and as a forest health consultant. He has worked in over 30 countries, is author/co-author of over 160 publications and is the 2005 recipient of the Western Forest Insect Work Conference, Founder’s Award.
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“With species movement rapidly shrinking the globe, this work is a timely contribution truly transnational in scope.”  (The Quarterly Review of Biology, 1 December 2012)

"A very thorough subject and taxonomic index and separate host index are helpful for indentifying the world's major forest pests. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." (Choice, 1 November 2011)

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