Educational Materials: Detailed Descriptions

Second Edition
IPM in Practice: Principles and Methods of Integrated Pest Management

Published 2012 · Publication 3418 · 292 pages

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List of contents

Photo of the cover of IPM in Practice: Principles and Methods of Integrated pest Management.

This manual from the University of California Statewide IPM Program is the most comprehensive, practical field guide ever developed for setting up and carrying out an IPM program in any type of crop or landscape.

IPM in Practice features IPM strategies for weed, insect, pathogen, nematode, and vertebrate pests and provides specific information on how to set up sampling and monitoring programs in the field. This manual covers methods applicable to vegetable, field, and tree cops as well as landscape and urban situations. Designed to bring you the most up-to-date research and expertise, this manual draws on the knowledge of dozens of experts within the University of California, public agencies, and private practice.

WhatÂ’s new in the second edition?

  • Newly revised to reflect new developments and technology
  • Updated information on policies and regulations
  • New information on invasive pests, pesticide resistance, volatile organic compounds, endangered species, and more.
  • More than 160 color photos and 100 hand-drawn color illustrations
  • Over 35 new photos, figures and tables

Essential Addition

IPM in Practice is the official study guide for individuals preparing for the California Department of Pesticide RegulationÂ’s Pest Control Adviser exam.

How to order

This publication is available from the UC ANR Communication Services catalog. It is also available by mail, by telephone, or through the ANR sales offices and many UC County Cooperative Extension offices. For locations and more information, see "How to Order Publications."

List of Contents

  • The Importance of Integrated Pest Management · What Is a Pest Control Adviser? · How to Become Licensed as a California Pest Control Adviser · Adviser Licensing Categories · Knowledge Expectations · Continuing Education · Standard Services Offered by Pest Control Advisers · Written Recommendation · Pest Management Expertise · Pest Monitoring · Additional Services Offered by Pest Control Advisers · 100% Pesticide Use Reporting · Worker Training · Calibration · Fertilizer Use and Other Crop Production Advice · The Challenges of Pest Management · Education ·Research · Technology · Regulation · Personal Liability · Public Perception
Ecological Principles as They Apply to Pest Management
  • Levels of Ecological Organization · The Individual · Populations · Community · Ecosystem · The Ecosystem Concept · Photosynthesis · Abiotic Components · Biotic Components · Trophic Structure · Managed Ecosystems · Limiting Factors · Pest Ecology ·  Equilibrium Population Density · Biodiversity
The Integrated Pest Management Concept
  • The Purpose of Pest Management · Pest Management Strategies · What Is a Pest? · The Evolution of Pest Management · Components of an IPM Program · Working Within an Ecosystem · Why Use IPM? · Pesticide Resistance · Pest Resurgence · Secondary Pest Outbreak · Species Displacement ·  Pollinators · Environmental and Health Problems · More Reliable Control
Understanding Pests
  • Pest Identification · Names of Pests and Other Organisms · Identification Keys · Identification Experts · 
    Other Identifying Characteristics · How to Identify a New Pest Situation  · Invertebrates · Arthropods · Mollusks · Nematodes · Vertebrates · Identification · Weeds
     · Identification · Life Cycle · Successful Characteristics · Dispersal and Movements · Pathogens ·  The Disease Triangle · The Disease Cycle · Fungi · Bacteria · Viruses · Viroids · Phytoplasmas · Abiotic Disorders
Management Methods for IPM Programs
  • Host Resistance or Tolerance · Types of Resistance · Rootstock and Scion Selection · Techniques for Developing Resistance in Plants · Biotechnology · Nonhost Plants · Tissue Culture and Genetic Engineering Techniques · Nonhost Plants · Biological Control · Types of Biological Control Agents · Approaches to Use of Biological Control Agents · Biological Control of Insects and Mites · Biological Control of Weeds · Biological Control of Plant Pathogens · Biological Control of Plant Parasitic Nematodes · Cultural Pest Control ·Site Selection · Sanitation · Destruction of Alternate Hosts ·  Habitat Modification · Smother Crops and Cover Crops · Crop Rotation · Planting and Harvest Dates · Irrigation and Water Management · Fertilizers and Soil Amendments · Mechanical and Physical Control · Land Preparation · Soil Tillage · Mowing · Flaming · Burning · Mulches · Soil Solarization · Temperature Manipulation · Chaining and Dredging · Traps · Using Pesticides in an IPM Program · Factors to Consider · Selecting the Right Pesticide for Use in an IPM Program · Selective Application Techniques · Pesticide Resistance · Factors Influencing Selection for Resistance · Resistance Management Strategies · Other Factors that Influence Pesticide Efficacy · Other Related Pest Management/Production Systems · Sustainable Agriculture · Organic Farming
Monitoring and Decision-Making Guidelines
  • Monitoring Incentives · Monitoring Objectives · Role of Sampling in Monitoring Programs · Defining the Sampling Universe and Sampling Unit · The Sampling Unit · Sampling Accuracy and Precision · Factors Affecting Sampling Accuracy · Factors Affecting Sampling Precision · Improving Sampling Results · Sampling Methods · Sample Size (Number of Samples) · Sampling and Detection Tools and Techniques · Visual Sampling · Knockdown Techniques ·  Suction Techniques · Netting Techniques · Trapping Techniques · Damage Estimates · Clues that Indicate Presence of a Pest Population · Laboratory Tests · Meteorological Monitoring Systems · Setting Up a Weather Station · Data Loggers ·  Sources of Temperature Information · Predictive Tools · Phenology Models · Disease Forecasting · Expert Systems · Plant Mapping · Precision Farming · Pesticide Resistance Monitoring · Detection and Monitoring · Pesticide Resistance Monitoring · Detection and Monitoring · How to Keep Monitoring Records · Sampling Records · Permanent Samples · Graphs · Data Sheets · Field Maps · Electronic Databases · Interpreting and Using Monitoring Results · Relating Monitoring Results to Treatment Thresholds · Other Factors that Influence Decision Making · Follow-Up Monitoring After Treatment · Evaluating the Efficiency of the Monitoring Technique
Setting Up Monitoring Programs and Field Trials
  • How to Design a Monitoring Plan · Step 1. Identify the Pests · Step 2. Establish Monitoring Guidelines for Each Pest Species · Step 3. Establish Injury Levels and Action Thresholds for Each Pest Species · Step 4. Determine What Host or Crop Developmental Stages Must Be Monitored to Assess Normal Growth, Predict Timing of Pest Activity, or Evaluate Damage · Step 5. Determine the Environmental Factors that Must Be Monitored · Step 6. Determine the Production Practices that Can Impact Development of the Pest Species · Step 7. Streamline the Monitoring Program to Develop Efficiencies · Step 8. Keep Good Written Records · Using Scouts Effectively · Incorporating New Monitoring Techniques and Flexibility into the Monitoring Program · Field Trials · Purpose of Field Trials · Replicated, Statistically Designed Field Trials · Experimental Design · Nonexperimental Field Trials · Evaluating Data from Field Trials
Health and Environmental Concerns Associated with Pesticide Use
  • Pesticides in the Environment · Air · Water · Soil · How Pesticides Break Down in the Environment ·  Partitioning in the Environment · Transformation · Effect of the Environment on Degradation  · General Toxicology Pesticides in the Environment · Toxicity · Risk versus Hazard · Residues and Persistence · How People Are Exposed and Methods to Reduce Human Exposure Pesticides in the Environment · How People Can Be Exposed · Impacts on Nontarget Organisms · Reducing Pesticide Impacts
Setting Up an IPM Program
  • Professionalism · How to Reduce Potential Liability · Client Expectations · The Concept of Risk · Control Action Thresholds · How to Communicate the Decision to the Client · The Written Recommendation · Where to Get Information · Collaborating with Other PCAs and Grower Groups ·Steps for Setting Up an IPM Program · Setting Up an IPM Program for a Public Agency · How to Evaluate All the Factors

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