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 Miguel Angel Altieri, PhDClara Ines Nicholls, PhD
his book is an important contribu-tion to the literature on ecologi-cally based pest management. In addi-tion to reviewing relevant aspects of ecological theory and the broader agro-ecologicalcontextofpestmanagement,itpresents numerous data sets and casestudiesfrombothtemperateandtropicalfarming systems.
 Biodiversity and Pest Management in Agroecosystems
 reflects theauthors’ many years of experience, par-ticularlyinthechaptersoninsectmanage-mentinmultiplecroppingsystems,insectecologyinorchardscontainingcovercrops,and non-crop vegetation effects on insectpopulationsincropfields.Manynewrefer-ences have been added to this edition.This second edition also includes a newchapteroninsectdynamicsinagroforest-ry systems. Anyone interested in rela-tionships between insect pest man-agement,diversifiedcroppingsystems,and field boundary vegetation shouldread this book.”
Matt Liebman, PhD
Professor of Agronomy,Iowa State University
hisbookisessentialreadingforanyone interested in develop-ing truly logical pest managementpractices in any country. The authorsgowaybeyondIPMandinputsubsti-tution approaches to show how awell-designed agroecosystem can ac-tually sponsor its own pest manage-ment.”
Peter Rosset, PhD
Co-Director, Food First/Institute for Foodand Development Policy
ltieri and Nicholls, in this com-pletelyreworkedandupdatededi-tion,makeoneofthebestattemptstodateto present pest management with thewhole-systems approach—biodiversity andhabitat management in an agroecosystemsframework. This is a book about how touseecologicalknowledgetodesignagro-ecosystems with built-in pest manage-mentprocessesand,asaresult,reduceoreliminate the use of synthetic chemicalpesticides.Theauthorsbuildonthegrow-ing body of knowledge about the vitalimportance of biodiversity for maintain-ing balanced, long-term ecosystem func-tion,anditsimportantroleinagriculture.This book will appeal to researchers de-veloping agroecologically based pestmanagement strategies and to practitio-ners looking for possible options to ap-ply on their own farms.Theveryextensiveandcurrentreviewoftheliteraturemakesthisbookaremark-ablyusefulcontributiontoagroecologicalknowledge. Most chapters complementthis review with several very in-depthcase studies. The first three chaptersprovide a firm grounding for pestmanagement in ecological theory.The next five chapters very effec-tively present examples that applythe theory in agroecosystems fromaroundtheworld,andinsystemsthatrange from multiple cropping, to or-chards with cover crops, to agro-forestry systems with the integrationof trees. The review of the influenceof surrounding habitats on pest man-agement very appropriately places theprocess off the farm into the land-scape level. The concluding two chap-tersofthebookexplorehowbiodiversityand habitat management must be partof the transition to sustainability inagriculture, presenting exciting andchallenging goals for the future.”
Stephen R. Gliessman, PhD
 Alfred Heller Professor of Agroecology,University of California, Santa Cruz
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