By Eric Wajnberg, Carlos Bernstein, Jacques van Alphen

ISBN-10: 140516347X

ISBN-13: 9781405163477

Written through a group of major overseas experts, Behavioral Ecology of Insect Parasitoids examines the optimum behaviors that parasitoids convey so as to maximize long-term offspring construction. it really is a vital reference for study scientists and scholars learning those attention-grabbing bugs or for somebody interested in utilizing parasitoids in organic keep an eye on courses. studies topical concerns, together with leading edge study on parasitoid choice making and the results for organic controlExplores functions in different fields, presents details at the most up-to-date study equipment, and contains worthy case experiences and statistical toolsCreates a deeper figuring out of the hyperlink among behavioural thoughts and host mortality, leading to extra effective selective pest administration programs“Overall, this can be a interesting quantity that offers an important contribution to the literature on parasitoid bugs. It is going a ways towards supplying insights into a variety of features of parasitoid habit and should stimulate a variety of destiny tasks, whatever that are supposed to be the objective of this type of textual content. I hugely suggest Wajnberg et al. for all of these engaged on the biology or evolution of parasitoids.” Palaios 2009

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Journal of Insect Behavior 20: 229 – 46. M. J. (2005) Effects of host deprivation and egg expenditure on the reproductive capacity of Mastrus ridibundus, an introduced parasitoid for the biological control of codling moth in California. Biological Control 33: 96–106. I. M. (1999) Models of Adaptive Behaviour. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. E. L. (1986) Comparison of parasitism and densities of Parlatoria oleae 1952 –1982 in relation to ecological theory. American Naturalist 128: 379–93.

25–39. E. A. (1998) The influence of competition between foragers on clutch size decisions in insect parasitoids. Biological Control 11: 169–74. M. and Hemerik, L. (1992) Adaptive superparasitism and patch time allocation in solitary parasitoids: an ESS model. Journal of Animal Ecology 61: 93–101. K. (1979) Foraging for patchily distributed hosts by the parasitoid Nemeritis canescens. Journal of Animal Ecology 48: 353 – 71. K. (1983) Aggregation in field parasitoid populations: foraging time allocation by a population of Diadegma (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae).

Qxd 03/09/2007 04:05PM Page 17 OPTIMAL FORAGING BEHAVIOR AND CONTROL METHODS 17 on the extent to which captive rearing influences the foraging behavior of parasitoids. Captive rearing did not prevent T. brassicae from showing optimal behavior in the exploitation of localized patches of hosts (Wajnberg et al. 2000), but patch-leaving rules that result in parasitoids abandoning a patch before all potential hosts have been attacked are not optimal for inundative biological control. The ideal outcome for biological control would be to maximize host attack in every patch irrespective of patch host density and the marginal gain with respect to other patches.

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